Eliane Elias: Dreamer (2004)
The result is a dreamy, elegant and sensual 53 minutes of romantic jazz. Elias' low, breathy, intimate, nearly vibrato-less instrument both shapes and fits the mood perfectly, while Rob Mathes' lush orchestral arrangements create a lacy fabric that is tasteful and non-intrusive. Tony Hatch's "Call Me, and Elias' first original, both feature the nonpareil saxophone of Michael Brecker. Two selections pay tribute to the renowned Antonio Carlos Jobim: "Photograph ("Fotografia ) and the title piece ("Vivo Sonhando ), with lyrics by Ray Gilbert and Gene Lees, respectively. Other Brazilian composers include Paulo and Marcos Valle ("So Nice, or "Samba de Verao ) and Dorival Caymmi ("Doralice ); on the latter, Elias pays tribute to Stan Getz's performance on the legendary Getz/ Gilberto album by transcribing his sax solo for the piano on her first chorus. The CD is nicely paced; "Baubles, Bangles and Beads, ' Tangerine, and "Doralice are the lighter, more up-tempo selections that keep things moving. The album closes with its only instrumental number, Bacharach and David's "A House Is Not a Home, where Eliane's pure, crystalline tone and velvety touch have their moment to shine.
Track Listing: Call Me*; Baubles, Bangles and Beads; Photograph (Fotografia); Movin' Me On*+; So Nice (Samba de Verao); That's All; Tangerine; Dreamer (Vivo Sonhando); Time Alone; Doralice; A House Is Not a Home
Personnel: Eliane Elias (vocals and piano), Marc Johnson (bass), and Paulo Braga (drums), with guests Michael Brecker (tenor sax)*, Michael Mainieri (vibes), and Oscar Castro-Neves or Guilherme Monteiro (guitar), with background vocals+, and orchestra arranged and conducted by Rob Mathes
Record Label: Bluebird/Legacy