"It is a rare few who have managed to build upon—rather than merely mimic—the short piano pieces of Keith Jarrett. In that group belongs Tom Splitt, with his at once restless and restful improvisations." - Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader/USA Today
élan is an album of piano music. Most of the pieces relate to a place or person. For example, The River came after a visit to Eldorado Canyon in Colorado. I was back home walking across the Michigan Avenue Bridge—which spans the Chicago River—and could not get the sound of that rushing river in the canyon out of my head until I wrote this piece. 3 of the pieces came entirely spontaneously during the recording session; I had never heard them until they came out of my hands. The Wind and Soaring are 2 of these, and when we listened to the playback, the titles came just as spontaneously. The third piece was an outside of time experience of eternity, when I was fully aware of being played by the music, of being its instrument, not its source. It was, and is, Grace.
This is the complete album (9 songs). See below for singles from this album.