The São Paulo-born Eliane Elias is as gifted a pianist and vocalist as she is underrated. On EVERYTHING I LOVE she works with two superior
rhythm teams: bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Jack DeJohnette, and bassist Christian McBride and drummer Carl Allen. (Rodney Jones lends a hand on guitar). Elias visits various styles and influences: her range encompasses the playful virtuosity of Bud Powell on her own "Bowing to Bud" to the bebop artistry of Dizzy Gillespie, through his early Afro-Cuban jazz composition "Woody 'n' You", and the spare, searching lines of Miles Davis on a performance of the standard "I Fall in Love Too Easily," done in the ruminative style of the late ballad
master. Elias considers herself first and foremost a pianist -- she's both an accomplished performer and composer and an elastic and unerring interpreter. Yet her vocal work is also thoroughly engaging: Whispery, smoky and supple, her voice glides easily over her trio's meditations, especially on a short and sweet version of Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful." And everything Elias touches -- be it bop, ballads, or bossa nova -- is enlivened by the rhythmic subtlety and assurance that her background in Brazilian music ensures.