June 24th, 2011
Elan Trotman hits #13 on Billboard charts
Elan Trotman's new album "Love and Sax" has been receiving accolades from fans and critics alike. This week, his song "Heaven In Your Eyes" (featuring Brian Simpson) came in at 13 on the Billboard Jazz charts.
An alluring collection of romantic R&B ballads and sensual instrumental grooves, describes this fantastic release entitled "Love and Sax". The second contemporary jazz effort from saxophonist Elan Trotman, who wrote or co-wrote eleven songs and produced or co-produced five tracks for the disc. Two singles - the undeniably seductive title track that vacillates in tone and tempo, and the album's lone vocal number, "Midnight Serenade," featuring the sultry voice of Tony Terry - are heating up playlists at two radio formats: smooth jazz and urban adult contemporary.
“Since Elan Trotman decided to venture away from the beautiful paradise island of Barbados where he honed many of his musical tastes and skills, the talented saxman has wowed and wooed many...The melodies are alluring, soft, and seductive, the hooks unrelenting and memorable. This album casts Trotman in a professional light that should have been there ages ago...Trotman shows here a level of maturity that only comes with exposure, patience, determination, and that true depth of feeling and understanding what it takes...Every track breathes here, from the intro to the title track to the classic 'When I Fall in Love' to the irresistibly steamy and soulfully consuming 'Rain'...The album's loaded with serious melodies and very deliberate, sure-footed expressions of love. In my opinion, it accomplishes its goal. A wonderful effort.” —The Smooth Jazz Ride
“It's a collection that further shows off the penchant he has for smooth grooves and is built around his intent to create an atmosphere through his music that is both relaxing and sensuous. With eleven of his own original compositions, one well chosen cover and guest performances from Brian Simpson and the up-coming Cindy Bradley, 'Love And Sax' may well be the vehicle to elevate Trotman into the smooth jazz mainstream.” —Smooth Jazz Therapy “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 shows his great talent to compose compelling and affecting songs with sophisticated arrangements like 'Last Dance'...Elan has a particular passion for and commitment to diversity. With Love and Sax, Elan Trotman manages to catch up with the leaders in the smooth jazz genre.” —Smooth Jazz Daily
“Elan serves up a soulful dose of smooth jazz highlighted by warm ballads such as 'When I Fall In Love' punctuated by the deep bass line from Alex Al. But the passion comes from Trotman, who uses alto, tenor and soprano saxophones to deliver a solid dose of romance across thirteen tracks.” —O's Place Jazz Magazine