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Eliane Elias: Love Stories (Concord Jazz)

Taking in the recent loss of João Gilberto, trying to put his pervasive influence and incalculable contributions into perspective, seems just a little bit easier listening to Eliane Elias’s Love Stories. The São Paulo-reared pianist, vocalist, and composer includes only one song associated with the bossa nova patriarch, Roberto Menescal and Ronaldo Bôscoli’s “O Barquinho,” but … Read More “Eliane Elias: Love Stories (Concord Jazz)”

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Eliane Elias: Music from Man of La Mancha (Concord)

Among stage musicals of the 1960s, only Fiddler on the Roof and Hello, Dolly! achieved longer runs. In the decades since, it has had four successful Broadway revivals and remains a staple of stock and amateur troupes worldwide. Yet Man of La Mancha, dually based on the sagas of 16th-century Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes … Read More “Eliane Elias: Music from Man of La Mancha (Concord)”

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Eliane Elias: Dance of Time (Concord Jazz)

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 … Read More “Eliane Elias: Dance of Time (Concord Jazz)”

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Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil

Across a recording career now entering its third decade, Eliane Elias has often strayed from her Brazilian roots, but never terribly far. Still, it’s been a while since the sensuous vocalist and pianist has released an album quite as musically patriotic as Made in Brazil. The title refers to both the music, with half of … Read More “Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil”

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Eliane Elias: I Thought About You (A Tribute to Chet Baker)

Its release timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Chet Baker’s death, Eliane Elias’ I Thought About You is the most satisfying of the many Baker tributes that have surfaced of late, because the Brazilian pianist and vocalist so keenly appreciates a key shared attribute. Like the perennially misunderstood Baker, wrongfully pegged as a … Read More “Eliane Elias: I Thought About You (A Tribute to Chet Baker)”

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Eliane Elias: Light My Fire

Bright as August along the Costa de Sol and breezy as an Hawaiian lanai, the latest from Brazilian pianist-vocalist-arranger Eliane Elias is possibly the most refreshing summertime jazz album since Getz met the Gilbertos. Blending Brazilian classics, original compositions and pop and jazz standards, Elias plays and sings exquisitely on all 12 selections, surrounding herself … Read More “Eliane Elias: Light My Fire”

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JVC Jazz Festival Live Review: Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo, Gato Barbieri, Eliane Elias, and the Fort Apache Band

It isn’t every day that five major jazz artists appear on one stage in the context of a single show. And it definitely isn’t every day that a jazz concert is presented based on a film—if it has ever happened at all. On Sunday night, June 24th, one lucky audience experienced both when the JVC … Read More “JVC Jazz Festival Live Review: Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo, Gato Barbieri, Eliane Elias, and the Fort Apache Band”

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