Two years ago, pianist-vocalist Eliane Elias musically recommitted to her homeland with the elegant, intelligent Made in Brazil, a Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album. The equally gratifying Dance of Time can reasonably be considered its sequel: again recorded in Brazil with Elias-shaped arrangements; same blend of Brazilian gems—this time from such masters as Jayme Silva, João de Barro, João Donato, Vinicius de Moraes and Toquinho—and sparkling Elias originals; same mix of top-drawer Brazilian players and special guests, including the return of Take 6’s Mark Kibble plus Randy Brecker (her ex-husband) on flugelhorn and vocal/guitar appearances by Toquinho.
The classic Brazilian portion of the program extends from the lush sophistication of de Barro and Alberto Ribeiro’s “Copacabana” and the playfulness of Silva’s “O Pato” to the gentle thrust of Toquinho and de Moraes’ “Samba de Orly,” about living in exile during Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1960s. Elias adds a midtempo samba, “By Hand (Em Mãos),” featuring Kibble; a softly romantic bossa nova, “Little Paradise,” with vibraphonist Mike Mainieri; and the ebullient, wordless “An Up Dawn.” She concludes with the moving “Not to Cry (Pra Não Chorar),” begun in 1978 by Toquinho—and originally titled “Eliane”—but never finished, now completed by the pair as a nod to their shared musical past. Also included are two non-Brazilian standards: a peppy yet sensual “You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me” and, with Kibble and Brecker, a uniquely vibrant take on Kurt Weill’s “Speak Low.”