Guitarist Elder and his troupe’s brand of jazz is tuneful, easygoing, thoroughly aiming to please, which makes it perfect background music for an event where life is sweet and sunny, with zero chance of rain. “Sunday Brunch” is a pleasant tune on which Elder shows himself to be a solid, precise musician whose restraint matches the music. Horns are a welcome addition to “Serenity,” especially the song’s sax solo. Elder adds some spicy, tropical flair (and nice flute parts) to his formula with “Senorita Bahama Mama,” which, with the help of its backup vocalists, achieves the kind of carefree sensuality you’d associate with a Caribbean cruise. Familiar stuff, well recorded, efficiently performed.
Seeking: Booking, Label, Film/TV
Style: Urban Jazz