Barbados born Elan Trotman, composer, performer,
teacher and recording artist, pushes himself to the forefront of
smooth jazz. He counts Arturo Tappin, Grover Washington Jr and Kirk
Whalum to his roots, but excels with his own unique style. He started
his solo career with the album Memories - The Debut (2001)
offering a blend of Caribbean and Gospel jazz, followed by the
Gospel-tinged Let's Have A Good Old Time (2005), A Reggae
Christmas (2007) and This Time Around (2009).
Elan's new project Love and Sax (2011) is
his second album in the smooth jazz genre. With the Intro Elan
already signals his affinity for sultry melodies. Foremost he shows
his great talent to compose compelling and affecting songs with
sophisticated arrangements like Last Dance. Perfect on the
point Fabiano Silva's guitar ornament.
is also a great charmer. His love ballade are interpreted by his
soprano sax. Listen to When I Fall In Love and you know, why
the sax can compete with vocals on this album.
When the Rain falls, we are often in a moody atmosphere. Elan
seamlessly captures this mellow moment with his tenor sax.
On Love and Sax Elan serves a sexy overdose of sax, a title
which we can all relate, especially many saxophonists of the smooth
jazz genre. Midnight Serenade presents singer Tony Terry, he
does his job perfectly. Elan and Terry were member of Roberta Flack's
Turn Down The Lights shows
more of Elan's affinity for all kind of sax and especially the overdub
procedure. The Latin flavored piece Cancion De Amor features
guitarist Jeremiah McConico. His acoustic guitar performance is very
emotional and can greatly amplify delight.
Among the wonderful love songs Heaven In Your Eyes
has an outstanding position. Brian Simpson's piano solo is just
divine. Can I Play 4 U showcases another aspect of Elan's
artistry, the flute. Elan has a particular passion for and
commitment to diversity. Oasis presents a pleasant oriental
influence featuring Cindy Bradley on flugelhorn. The horn and sax duet
reminds me of Rick Braun's stellar Notorious.
To reinvent yourself is the great challenge for every artist today's.
On Under The Stars Evan Brice adds his special effects to make
this tune unforgettable.
With Love And Sax Elan Trotman manages to catch up with the
leaders in the smooth jazz genre. The emphasis of smooth jazz on sweet
melodies with the possibilty to improvise is for every saxophonist a
thankful place. Elan has used his chance.