JT Track Premiere: Eliane Elias’ “Samba de Orly”

New album "Dance of Time" celebrates centennial of first samba recording

Eliane Elias' "Dance of Time"
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Eliane Elias (photo by Philippe Salomon)
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On March 24, Concord Jazz will release Dance of Time, a new album by pianist, singer, composer and arranger Eliane Elias. Accompanied by guest musicians including vocalist Mark Kibble, pianist Amilton Godoy, trumpeter Randy Brecker, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and guitarist/composers João Bosco and Toquinho, Elias celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first recorded and registered samba composition in an album of originals and covers.

“On this record, I play and sing more sambas than I have ever recorded on an album,” Elias states in a press release. “If you were to slow down the samba, you could get to some very beautiful, heartfelt lyricism. “Most people dance to samba music while caught up in the intoxicating rhythm, but one can also dive deeper into the lyrical, harmonic and melodic aspects of the music as well.”

Like Made in Brazil, Elias’ last release, Dance of Time was recorded in Brazil. But whereas Brazil honored three generations of Brazilian composers, this time around the compositions are a mix; Elias-penned compositions include “An Up Dawn,” “Little Paradise,” “By Hand (Em Mãos)” and “Not to Cry (Pra Não Chorar),” a song partially written by Toquinho in 1978 (and titled “Eliane”) but completed by the guitarist and pianist together for the album. Covers of “You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me” and Kurt Weill’s “Speak Low” are re-envisioned with new rhythms. Classic Brazilian compositions include “O Pato,” “Copacabana,” “Coisa Feita” and “Sambou Sambou.”

JazzTimes is proud to premiere “Samba de Orly,” featuring both Elias and Toquinho, from Dance of Time. The song dates to 1970, and was written by Toquinho, Chico Buarque and Vinicius de Moraes.