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Eliane Elias: Dance of Time

Read "Dance of Time" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Two years ago, Eliane Elias released Made In Brazil (Concord, 2015) and all it did was win the 2016 Grammy for Best Latin Album. It's a great album and with Dance of Time, Elias hasn't repeated a successful formula; she's perfected it. This is an opulent recording, rich in its authenticity and lavish in its glorious accomplishments. As Elias has transitioned from a pianist/vocalist to a vocalist/pianist (there is a difference), some fans and certainly some critics have ...

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Eliane Elias at Dazzle

Read "Eliane Elias at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Eliane Elias Dazzle Denver, CO November 19, 2015 Eliane Elias' current album Made in Brazil (Concord Jazz, 2015) is a lush affair. An orchestra provides a luxurious atmosphere on over half the songs. Guest vocalists add further layers and Take 6 contributes its brand of vocal jazz. Guitarists, drummers, percussionists, bass players all chime in throughout; a cast of thousands! Well, maybe not quite that many. In contrast, Elias' performance Thursday evening a ...

NITE & DISK

Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil - Swung at Birdland

Read "Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil - Swung at Birdland" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Eliane Elias is a paradox. An artist of rare talent, experience, and range, she is a keyboard master with few peers whose deep musicality transcends genre. An astonishing singer, composer, arranger, and songwriter, her performances are celebrated for their swing, lyricism, and unique sound. Elias is also a beautiful woman with long blond hair who's been known to kick off her stiletto heels to play the piano barefoot. I expect some people will have difficulty reconciling the pin-up cover of ...

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Eliane Elias at Birdland Jazz Club

Read "Eliane Elias at Birdland Jazz Club" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Eliane Elias Birdland Jazz Club New York, NY April 11, 2015 On the last night of her residence at jny: New York City's Birdland Jazz Club, pianist/vocalist Eliane Elias focused on Brazilian music and tunes from Made in Brazil (Concord, 2015), released earlier that week. The set opened with an instrumental take on “Ladeira da Preguiça," a Gilberto Gil composition popularized by Elis Regina in the early 1970s. Elias' take was fast-paced, with flurries of ...

INTERVIEWS

Eliane Elias: The Authenticity of the Groove

Read "Eliane Elias: The Authenticity of the Groove" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I was 22 years old and I told Toots Thielemans that I had some tunes I'd like him to listen to," says Eliane Elias, the Brazilian-born pianist, a child prodigy who rose to the upper echelons of music during her time in the United States. The discussion with the famed harmonica player came during a rehearsal in the 1980s. Bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Al Foster were there. They started in playing her tune “Moments." “We would get ...

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Eliane Elias: Made In Brazil

Read "Made In Brazil" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

If you've never been to Brazil, consider Eliane Elias as a goodwill ambassador with Made In Brazil. It is a triumphant return for the pianist/vocalist to her native land to record her first album there since relocating to the United States in 1981. There is a delicacy to how Elias chooses and approaches the material. There is no genuflecting to pop music as there was on Light My Fire (Concord, 2011). Here Elias is all about adult emotions ...

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Eliane Elias at Birdland

Read "Eliane Elias at Birdland" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Eliane EliasBirdland New York, NYMay 31, 2013 On the fourth night of her weeklong residence at Birdland, pianist Eliane Elias opened her set with an original number, its bluesy nature recalling the work of recently deceased pianist Dave Brubeck. The number gave her quartet--bassist Marc Johnson, guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Mauricio Zotarelli--plenty of opportunity to stretch out, with quite a few improvised moments. Elias' quartet continued with “There Will Never Be Another ...

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

Read "I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It is tempting to consider Chet Baker hommages like Jeff Baker's excellent Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004) or John Proulx's sublime Baker's dozen: Remembering Chet Baker (MAXJAZZ, 2009) superior to the real item. So fractured is our picture of Baker that our full appreciation of him is clouded by his extra-musical proclivities. But it is not exactly that. Baker's vibratoless trumpet and vocals, as well as, his limited technical abilities are acquired tastes, but once acquired are generally rewarding to ...

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Eliane Elias: San Francisco, CA, September 16. 2011

Read "Eliane Elias: San Francisco, CA, September 16. 2011" reviewed by Grahame

Eliane Elias Yoshi's San Francisco, CA September 16, 2011 Sometimes you can never anticipate a peak experience. Oh, sure there can be plenty of expectation and great intentions but when it comes, you're blown away and gone. This is what happened at Yoshi's, San Francisco, where Eliane Elias came as advertised, and then much, much more. Elias is beautiful, mature, innocent and vivacious with thick natural blond hair, and she's one helluva a composer and ...

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Eliane Elias: Light My Fire

Read "Light My Fire" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

In a career that spans around 30 years and over 20 albums, singer and pianist Eliane Elias has come to epitomize a cool, sophisticated jazz sensibility, especially on the bossa nova songs of her native Brazil. On Light My Fire, she set out to extend the range of styles and grooves in her music and, in so doing, mixes Brazilian music with a couple of jazz standards and one or two famous pop and rock songs. The ...

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Eliane Elias: New York, NY, June 2, 2011

Read "Eliane Elias: New York, NY, June 2, 2011" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Eliane EliasDizzy's Club Coca-ColaNew York, NYJune 2, 2011 Pianist/vocalist Eliane Elias opened her set at New York's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, in celebration of Light My Fire (Concord, 2011) with “Ladeira," a Gilberto Gil-penned instrumental samba with a very syncopated drive. The tune was more like a warm-up, where her solid band--drummer Rafael Barata, percussionist Marivaldo Santos, acoustic guitarist Rubens de La Corte and bassist Marc Johnson--seemed to stretch its muscles for what was to ...

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Eliane Elias: Bossa Nova Stories

Read "Bossa Nova Stories" reviewed by Andrew Velez

I thought I never needed to hear another version of “The Girl from Ipanema." Ever. Herewith my appreciation to Eliane Elias for proving me wrong. Bossa nova turns 50 this year, hearkening back to Brazil in 1958, when guitarist Joao Gilberto recorded Jobim and de Moraes' seminal “Chega de Saudade." Characterized by samba-derived rhythms and soft-spoken, non-vibrato vocals, a movement was launched that blended Brazilian sounds with jazz and classical European harmony. There could hardly be a ...