When her family moved to the United States, Elin (Kathleen Clelia Elin Melgarejo) attended the University of Florida and won a scholarship to go to Brazil, where she could learn Portuguese and experience Brazilian jazz.
She later studied in the jazz program at the University of Miami and performed in the clubs on South Beach. She has made her way to New York City, with all her experiences coming together to create her debut CD, Lazy Afternoon.
The singer wastes no time, making a big statement with the opening of "Fascinating Rhythm." Elin gives the well-traveled song a surprising twist, teaming it with the Brazilian classic "Telefone." It’s a toe-tappin’, finger-snappin’ affair of the first order. Elin gets good help throughout the album from her large band, which includes Claudio Roditi on trumpet and flugelhorn and pianist Luiz Simas.
Elin, who sings in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, also shows that she can do ballads. The title track is lush and steamy. She also delivers a good version of the difficult "Lush Life." She wisely chooses to keep to a straight-ahead rendition.
The CD wouldn’t be complete with a Jobim number. Elin has chosen "Bonita." It’s got a cool, easy vibe, and Elin is careful maintain the mood throughout.
The singer also contributes several originals to the CD, including "I Love New York." Elin explains in the liner notes that she worked in the World Trade Center, and this is her tribute to the city.
Overall, Lazy Afternoon is an impressive debut.