Barbados is home to beautiful beaches, people and amazing food. But it's also exported some talented artists over the years including Rhianna and saxophonist Elan Trotman. His latest album 'Better Days Ahead' opens with guest bassist Julian Vaughn on the song for family member called 'Tatianna Nale'. Smooth and laid back. Another reason I can see why he was asked in his final year at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston to come back and teach.
His cool licks come from years of listening to Kenny G and others on cassette! His dad would have a great collection and Elan would rewind and play, repeat and then to try and figure out Kenny's style of playing. His hard work and dedication to his craft paid off with great compositions like the title track featuring guitarist Adam Hawley and 'Twice As Nice' featuring Marcus Anderson as they give us a double dose of some chill sax. He brought in flautist Athea Rene on 'Millie's Song' - sort of a Bob James or Dave Grusin sounding track. Perfect for a film.
Be sure to look for Elan in the new Whiteny Houston biopic 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'!
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