Rick Braun has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in this business. He has crafted his own distinctive sound and become a staple on contemporary jazz radio. He has produced No. 1 hits for David Benoit, Marc Antoine, and former Rod Stewart band sidekick, Jeff Golub. Braun achieved collaborative success on massive hits with Boney James, as a member of RnR with saxophonist Richard Elliot, and with BWB, a powerhouse trio completed by Grammy® winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown. He has made a mark staying true to his own musical voice and eclectic influences that have allowed him to collaborate across genres with some of the biggest names in music, including Tina Turner, Tom Petty, Sade, Natalie Cole and REO Speedwagon.
The Line-Up On Authentic Life Is A Testament To The Respect And Adoration Richard Elliot Has Earned Throughout His Four-Decade Career. “ With Every Record, I Try And Push My Boundaries And Stay Out Of My Comfort Zone So I Can Create An Environment For Evolution” Elliot Confides, I Feel Very Fortunate And Privileged.” Authentic Life Includes Trumpeter Rick Braun, Keyboardists Jeff Lorber, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, And Philippe Saisse, Saxophonists Dave Koz And David Mann, And Percussionist Lenny Castro. “It Was Wonderful Collaborating With These Guys Because Each One Of Them Pushes Me In A Different Direction Melodically.”