Have you ever heard the saying that goes like this? This is not lip service. Or, I really mean it, no it is not lip service. Well saxophonist Richard Elliot has released an album titled Lip Service on the Concord Music Group label. You can conjure up all kinds of thoughts with that title, but Richard Elliot wanted to do an album that had romantic songs. It has been said that the saxophone may be the sexiest instrument. On this album you can see why. Mr. Elliot's saxophone playing is romantic, sensual and intimate on this album and that is what he was trying to achieve.
The album is produced by Paul Brown who is a fine guitarist in his own right. This is the 17th solo album by Richard Elliot and he continues to deliver some good stuff. There are 10 tracks on this album and they all have a connection with romance. The songs that caught my ear are: Givin It Up, Sookie Sookie, Shining Star which was a hit song the Manhattans did about three decades ago. Mr. Elliot gives a soulful rendition of Brian McKnight's Anytime. The song City Lights has a gritty and funky edge to it. The title track Lip Service sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Richard Elliot is touring with Dave Koz and the Summer Horns during the summer of 2014. This is the 30th year since his first solo album and he seems to get better with age. This album is about romance and intimacy, but you don't have to be a romantic to enjoy this album. It has something that we can all relate to and that is love. You can get to know about Richard Elliot by visiting his website: www.richardelliot.com. He really delivers on this album and whatever he is doing, I hope that he keeps on doing it.