Eliane Elias review…April 7, 2017…

ELIANE ELIAS

DANCE OF TIME

CONCORD JAZZ  CJA 00027

O PATO–YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME–COPACABANA–COISA FEITA–BY HAND (EN MAOS)–SAMBOU SAMBOU–LITTLE PARADISE–SPEAK LOW–SAMBA DE ORLY–NA BATUCADA DA VIDA–AN UP DAWN–NOT TO CRY (PRA NAO CHORAR)

World-renowned jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger Eliane Elias had a lot of things she wanted to accomplish with her latest album.  First, there was  no small matter of following up her 2015 Grammy winner, “Made In Brazil,” which marked her first time recording in her native Brazil since moving stateside in 1981. Next, she wanted this album to also be recorded in Brazil, to celebrate her four decades as a performer.  And, she wanted it to include those players who had influenced her career from its beginning.  Lastly, she wanted to recognize the Centennial anniversary of the first recorded samba, one of the genres’ in which Eliane truly excels.

And so it is with “Dance Of Time,” recorded at NaCena Studios in Sao Paulo, a mix of  mostly swinging, uptempo cuts that find her singing in Spanish and English, and there are a dazzling array of special guests herein.  She sets the tone for things to come with the opener, the easily-danceable “O Pato,” then slyly winks at Ol’ Blue Eyes with a sultry bossa nova groove added to his classic “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” featuring Mike Mainieri on the vibes.  Toquinho adds vocals on the lively “Samba De Orly,” and again on the set closer, the quietly-reverent “Not To Cry (Pra Nao Chorar).”

We had several favorites, too.  Longtime collaborator Randy Brecker adds flugelhorn on Eliane’s contemporary reading of the Kurt Weill-Ogden Nash  cut, “Speak Low,” while Amilton Godoy is on the second piano for the sprightly duet with Eliane on her original, “An Up Dawn.”  And, since nobody drops a samba like Eliane, please enjoy the ebullient “Sambou Sambou.”  You may not understand a single word of that  breathy alto vocal, but your feet will know the way, and your head and your heart will follow…..

Eliane Elias squarely hit the mark with the myriad of things she wanted to do with “Dance Of Time.”  Not only is it a celebration of her illustrious career, but also of her passion for her music and the happiness it brings to her listeners!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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