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Eliane Elias: The Three Americas

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Taking new chances on ten originals and two Jobim classics of The Three Americas, Brazilian-born pianist Eliane Elias melds influences of Central and South America to North American jazz.

Elias is a powerful lyrical pianist who has demonstrated on previous recordings that she can imaginatively stretch out. On this disc, Elias displays her keyboard prowess (and occasionally sings in Cool bossa style) as she artfully merges and shifts among various Brazilian beats, Cuban rhythms, Argentinean nuevo tango, and straight ahead jazz-occasionally, in the same tune!

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