Inspired by '60's "Blue Note" style jazz, as well as by the music of Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria, The Elliott Caine Quintet plays original compositions, as well as the works of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, et al. The group's critically acclaimed first release, "Orientation", has received generous radio airplay across the USA, being the "1 Most Added" for jazz, nationally, for the week of 11/5-11/11/99, eventually reaching 29 on national radio's Gavin Jazz List in January 2000. Elliott's original compositions from the cd have been used for television and cinema, including "Relax...It's Just Sex", starring Jennifer Tilly and Paul Winfield. "Le Supercool", the 2nd cd release by the Elliott Caine Sextet, further explores musical ideas initiated with "Orientation". Released in early 2001, "Le Supercool" received impressive notice nationally and internationally, attaining the rank of 14 for jazz radioplay in the USA in early February 2001. The 3rd cd release, "Blues from Mars", by the Elliott Caine Quintet, features DJ Bonebrake on vibes on three selections, adding yet another texture to the sound of the group. "Blues from Mars" was released in the summer of 2006, and likewise has received much national and international radio play and positive reviews, including in Jazz Times Magazine, Latin Beat Magazine, All About Jazz (LA edition), Cadence Magazine, LA Jazz Scene, Sonic Magazine (Germany), Swing Journal (Japan), and numerous other magazines and ezines and blogs. The latest cd release, "Hippie Chicks on Acid", released in 2011, is a "live", in-concert recording, likewise, has received both national and international radio-play, as well as very positive media coverage.
Additionally, two of Elliott's original compositions were used in the Los Angeles Theatre Center's production of the Tony Award winning play revival of "Sideman", reprised for a week in May, 2010 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, featuring many of the original cast members. Elliott's trumpet playing was also utilized for the LATC production of "Look Back in Anger" in 2012. Both productions were broadcast nationally on NPR.