New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Saxophonist Elan Trotman
is unwavering in his committed to wave the flag high for Caribbean music, but after releasing six soul-jazz albums and more than ten chart-topping singles that made him a permanent fixture on radio playlists, the Barbados
native is "shaking it up" by going electronic on "Electro Sax," his seventh outing which was released last Friday (April 21) by Island Muzik Productions.
Seeking a "hip radio sound that will reach beyond the masses," Trotman assembled a creative team of up-and-coming producers - Spardakis, P-Nut, Dr. O and Da Troof - who he met at Boston's esteemed Berklee College of Music
and tasked them with putting a fresh, modern twist on the eleven new tracks that he wrote for the collection. With electronic elements evident in the production of Trotman's tenor and soprano sax and the adventurous EDM sonicscapes, the result is an energizing, dance-happy mix of impromptu jazz sax licks, kinetic dance beats and festive Caribbean rhythms. Adding nuances to the audacious alchemy are guitarists Wayne Jones, Freddie Fox and JJ Sansavarino, and steel pan player Kareem Thompson. The first single set to seduce radio is the reggae-infused "Island Gal'," which spotlights Trotman on soprano sax on the cut he describes as having "a sexy vibe to it." Prince
fans will appreciate the balladic tribute "Purple Emotion" that closes the set. The session's lone cover is a tropical, dance hall take of Walk The Moon's infectious pop smash "Shut Up and Dance."
"'Electro Sax' is a true representation of where I am at in my career. It's modern sounding with prominent hints of the island. It's also about branching out, reaching out by making good music for the masses. It'll definitely ruffle feathers, but that is part of being an artist - pushing boundaries and perhaps establishing new ones," said Trotman. "The 'tropicality' elements are part of who I am and I'm sticking with it. It'll always be part of my sound and I believe in it. It is part of my brand and it's authentic to my (Barbadian) roots."
Trotman showcases and shares the culture of his homeland at his annual Barbados
Jazz Excursion, slated to take place on the Caribbean island for the fourth time in October over Columbus Day Weekend (October 6-9, 2017). The saxman performs and hosts the music festival and golf tournament that benefits his nonprofit Never Lose Your Drive Foundation and the Head Start Music
Program in Barbados. Slated to perform this year are R&B and contemporary jazz mainstays Will Downing, Norman Brown, Marion Meadows, Brian Simpson, Jeanette
Harris and Julian Vaughn
as well as the Queen
of Soca, Alison Hinds.
Earning a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music
from the government of Barbados, Trotman has lived in Boston
ever since. Named the Jazz Artist of the Year on multiple occasions by the New England Urban Music
Awards and the Barbados Music
Awards, he debuted as a solo artist in 2009 with "This Time Around." Subsequent albums featured collaborations with Grammy winners Kirk Whalum, Terri Lyne Carrington and Paul Brown
as well as Downing, Peter
White, Jeff Lorber, Cindy Bradley, Tony Terry and Simpson. Trotman has also guested on Billboard No. 1 hits by Meadows, Simpson, Vaughn, Greg Manning
and Cal Harris. He's a popular draw on the festival and club circuit. For more information, please visit www.ElanTrotman.com.
The songs on "Electro Sax" are:
"Shut Up and Dance"
"Up In The Clouds"
"No Need For Trippin'"