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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Eliane Elias returns to the music of her native Brazil with this collection of bossa nova favorites, though there are a few American standards and pop songs recast as bossa novas as well. The pianist has grown in confidence as a vocalist over the course of several CDs, developing a sexy yet never overdone style that beautifully complements the music. With her husband Marc Johnson who has also been her longtime bassist of choice, drummer Paulo Braga, either Oscar Castro-Neves or Ricardo Vogt on acoustic guitar, and a pair of guests, Elias proves herself as a talented singing pianist, effortlessly switching between English and Portuguese lyrics. Some of the tracks add string ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Eliane Elias returns to the music of her native Brazil with this collection of bossa nova favorites, though there are a few American standards and pop songs recast as bossa novas as well. The pianist has grown in confidence as a vocalist over the course of several CDs, developing a sexy yet never overdone style that beautifully complements the music. With her husband Marc Johnson who has also been her longtime bassist of choice, drummer Paulo Braga, either Oscar Castro-Neves or Ricardo Vogt on acoustic guitar, and a pair of guests, Elias proves herself as a talented singing pianist, effortlessly switching between English and Portuguese lyrics. Some of the tracks add string orchestrations, yet they never overwhelm the arrangements. Highlights include the easygoing rendition of "The More I See You," the relaxed and sensual treatment of "Estate Summer" which adds Toots Thielemans on harmonica, "I'm Not Alone Who Loves You?" which includes composer Ivan Lins in a vocal duet with Elias, and a surprisingly effective setting of Stevie Wonder's "Superwoman" with Thielemans making another guest appearance. Eliane Elias remains one of the top bossa nova interpreters, in addition to her skills in many other jazz styles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099922810328
  • Catalog Number: 28103
  • Sales rank: 4,923

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eliane Elias Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Ivan Lins Vocals, Guest Appearance
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar
Isobel Griffiths Conductor
Rob Mathes Conductor
Toots Thielemans Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Perry Mason Concert Master
Paulo Braga Percussion, Drums
Marc Courtney Johnson Bass
Technical Credits
Ivan Lins Composer
Caetano Veloso Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Eliane Elias Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Joe Ferla Engineer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Roy Hendrickson Engineer
Will Jennings Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Rob Mathes Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Johnny Mercer Composer
Hitoshi Namekata Executive Producer
Steve Rodby Audio Production
Axel Stordahl Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Paul Weston Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Stevie Wonder Composer
Bruno Martino Composer
Kaoru Taku Art Direction
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Bruno Brighetti Composer
Anthony Ruotolo Engineer
Geraldo Pereira Composer
Jonathan Allen Engineer
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