Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2014: Richard Elliot

The second show Thursday night was by saxophonist Richard Elliot, the supporting band was the same, except that Andy Pilger took over the drums. The show started high energy with "Rock Steady", segueing into "Move On Up", bringing things nicely up to speed, followed by Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" with a nod to his idol Grover Washington, Jr. The groove continued with "Retro Boy", before things became soulful with the EWF classic "Reasons", a song he recorded with the Summer Horns last year, baffling the audience with low growling sounds from his sax. Next was "Boom Town" that gave bassist Günter Asbeck some solo space allowing him to play some mean slapping bass. No Richard Elliot show is complete without the Percy Sledge classic "When A Man Loves A Woman", a song he always pours his heart and soul into, delivering a highlight each time. Then things turned jazzy for a change with "Night In Tunisia" where Richard Elliot could show his considerable straight ahead chops, then kicking things up a notch with "Keep On Truckin'", complete with his voice overs on the EWI, plus guest Shilts on sax providing some more heavy saxophone playing, having the audience clap along. The heat was rising with saxophonist Elan Trotman and guitarist Nick Colionne joining the stage, ending the show in a frenzy. They returned for one encore, doing "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", bringing the first night to a rousing end.