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Eliane Elias: Dreamer

Dual jazz citizen (piano and voice; Brazilian and American) Eliane Elias launches a full-scale attack on Astrud Gilberto territory with Dreamer, her first album performed entirely in English and also her first with an orchestra. Elias’ piano work on these 11 tracks is as effortlessly elegant as ever. She purposefully lets her playing support her singing, instead pushing her impressive rhythm section (drummer Paulinho Braga and bassist Marc Johnson, who she dubs her “dream team”), together with V.I.P. guests (and longtime pals) Oscar Castro-Neves and Michael Brecker, into the foreground. The results are appropriately lush and luxurious.

Listening to Elias and her esteemed playmates-gently steeped in muted brass and strings as they meander through

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