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Elan Trotman – This Time Around

Born and raised in Barbados, now a Boston resident Elan Trotman is working as a teacher in the Boston public school system shortly after he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music Education at Berklee.

Besides this day job Elan succeeded in building up his career as solo-interpret. His first album Memories – The Debut (2001) is strongly influenced by Caribbean music, his sophomore album Let’s Have A Good Old Time (2005) is a gospel jazz album, his third album A Reggae Christmas (2007) features popular Christmas carols in a jammin’ reggae style.

With his fourth album This Time Around (2009) Elan explores the smooth jazz genre. After the demise of most smooth jazz radio stations is no need for any artist to stay “radio friendly”.

Elan comments his new album consequently: “The music is radio friendly, but I did not want to limit myself to the usual format. I stretch out, take chances, and add an edge to my solos. I enjoy the genre and the concept but I also break some of the rules because this is how I play live, bringing all of my different influences into the music.”

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