Pianist Eliane Elias’ easy Brazilian atmospherics on much of Kissed by Nature resemble Gary McFarland’s pop-jazz successes of the 1960s, Soft Samba and The In Sound. The title piece, with English lyrics and a vocal by Elias, sets the comfortable tone. Many of the tracks have an overdubbed choir of Eliases singing in Portuguese. All of them feature her excellent piano work, supported by bassist Marc Johnson, with drummers Joey Baron and Paulo Braga alternating.
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