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The sultry and exotic ruminations of Eliane Elias continue to stir the ear and heart on her new recording Kissed by Nature. With a tried and true blend of Brazilian vocals and exquisite jazz, Elias plays, sings, moves and grooves the music into energetic and relaxed moods that will entice and entertain discriminate listeners who just simply want to chill and have a good time. With a history that is varied in many jazz styles from straight-ahead to modern classicism, her musical forte has always been the roots of her homeland Brazil. Kissed by Nature blends bossa-nova, club mixes, and jazz into a satisfying meld that will appeal to music lovers from the club scene to the jazz lounge.
An equally accomplished pianist as well, she swings with grace and style on selections such as "A Volte" and "September" which features nice horn arrangements. Her talent is also revealed in her choice of musicians with Randy Brecker and Rick Margitza on horns, Marc Johnson on bass, Joey Baron on drums, and percussionist Paola Braga. The sound is rich and the rhythms exotic and memorable. Elias pours out enticing vocal and piano lines on the groove oriented "Balance" and the ultra cool title selection "Kissed by Nature" which sounds like a Sade throwback. The recording concludes with two funky bonus track remixes produced by the popular Brazilian DJ team BossaCucaNova.
Track Listing: 1. Kissed By Nature 2. A Volta 3. Manhattan 4. Apareceu
5. Perere 6. Where Did You Go 7. Balance 8. Djavan Medley
9. October 10.September 11.Luar
12.Kissed By Nature (Bossacucanova Remix)
13.Balance (Bossacucanova Remix)
Personnel: Eliane Elias -piano, vocals; Randy Brecker -trumpet; Rick Margitza -saxophone; Marc Johnson -bass; Joey Baron -drums;
Paola Braga -percussion; BossaCucaNova -DJ mixing
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.