Toronto Jazz '09 Festival Journal: 'Round About Midday to 'Round About Midnight
Elias is an accomplished pianist but lately feels a calling to sing, which is a pity because Laila Biali does it better and so does Patricia Barbersing and play piano, I mean... Diana Krall (as of her latest offering) is vastly over-rated, and now Elaine Elias. Oh well... I'm afraid that just as Dave Holland and Maria Schneider were festival highlights, Elias was a lowlight. Perhaps, like the Bossa Nova Stories there was too much music... Or perhaps it is just a temporary thing with Elias... Still mediocrity is terrorism in music the enemy of creativity. Fortunately despite some 300 concerts at Toronto Jazz 2009, there was not much of either.
Boris Vianborn March 10, 1920, Died July 23, 1959...
But Boris lives! I spoke with him just the other day, and he was with Bird and Bud and Don Pullen and Charles Mingus... Wish you lovers of this music could speak with him too...
Maria Schneider - Marek Lazarski/www.cooljazzphotos.com
Elaine Elias - Peter Figura