|Made In Brazil|
Eliane Elias — Made In Brazil
♦♦♦ Release features Take 6, guitarist/vocalist Roberto Menescal and vocalists Mark Kibble and Ed Motta, with seven orchestral arrangements by Rob Mathes recorded at Abbey Road Studios
“A citizen of the world” and “an artist beyond category.” — Jazziz Magazine
♦♦♦ Z interview: “A vy byste se divila, ale tam není tolik míst v Brazílii, které jsou vhodné pro klavír. Brazílie je země kytary. To byste se divila, jak nemůžete najít dobrý klavír, takže nemůže jít na turné do mnoha míst, protože nenajdete ten správný nástroj na živé hraní. Musíte jít do velkých měst.”
Location: Sao Paolo, Brazil ~~ New York, NY
Album release: March 31st, 2015
Record Label: Concord Music Group
01. Brasil (Aquarela do Brasil)
03. Águas de Março (Waters of March)
05. Some Enchanted Place
07. Vida (If Not You)
08. Este Seu Olhar / Promessas
09. Driving Ambition
11. A Sorte do Amor (The Luck of Love)
12. No Tabuleiro da Baiana
♦♦♦ Pianist/singer/songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills.
♦♦♦ Made in Brazil, scheduled for release on March 31, 2015 on Concord Jazz, marks a musical homecoming for Elias. In her three–decade long career as a solo artist, Made in Brazil results from the first time she’s recorded a disc in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981.
Elias wears many hats on this project as producer, composer, lyricist, arranger, pianist and vocalist. Along with co–producers, Steve Rodby and Marc Johnson, her bass playing musical partner, Elias ventured ‘home’ and recruited a splendid cast of Brazilian musicians that include electric bassist Marcelo Mariano; guitarists Marcus Teixeira and Roberto Menescal; drummers Edu Ribeiro and Rafael Barata; and percussionists Mauro Refosco and Marivaldo dos Santos.
♦♦♦ Elias peppered the sessions with delightful special guest performances from Mark Kibble and the multi–GRAMMY® Award winning Gospel vocal group Take 6, her singer/songwriter–daughter Amanda Brecker, one of Brazil’s most celebrated R&B stars, Ed Motta, and renowned bossa nova composer Roberto Menescal. Elias also invited Rob Mathes to handle orchestral arrangements on seven of the 12 tracks, which were recorded in London at the legendary Abbey Road studios.
♦♦♦ Made in Brazil contains six Elias originals plus two Ary Barroso standards, two Roberto Menescal chestnuts, and two Antônio Carlos Jobim world–renowned gems. Elias, who did all the arrangements for the basic tracks, said that she purposely wanted Made in Brazil to incorporate three generations of Brazilian composers. Brazil is a part of Elias’ DNA and musically she demonstrates the tradition of where she comes from, as well as where she is today.
♦♦♦ The five time GRAMMY® Award nominee, four time Gold Disc Award recipient and three time winner of Best Vocal Album in Japan, #1 artist in sales and radio in France, with all recordings reaching top five on Billboard Magazine, jazz radio charts on iTunes internationally and Amazon.com to name a few accolades, Elias has taken her place in the pantheon of music giants.
By Charles J. Gans, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press — Mon, 30 Mar, 2015
♦♦♦ Eliane Elias displays her full range of talents as a pianist, singer, composer, arranger and producer on her first recording in her native Brazil since moving to the U.S. to play jazz in 1981. She celebrates several generations of Brazilian composers, respecting the tradition while remaining thoroughly modern.
♦♦♦ The album opens and closes with songs by Ary Barroso, the first samba composer to gain international acclaim. "Brasil (Aquarela do Brasil)," with its infectious samba beat, combines Elias' sensual vocals and electric piano with Marcus Teixeira's delicate guitar and a silky string orchestral arrangement. The upbeat "No Tabuleiro da Baiana" blends percussive jazz piano with the hot rhythms of Brazil's Bahia state.
♦♦♦ Bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal joins her to perform his compositions "Rio" and "Voce." The latter features a charmingly romantic vocal duet, with Elias stretching out on an improvised piano solo.
♦♦♦ Bossa master Antonio Carlos Jobim is represented on two tracks, including "Aguas de Marco (Waters of March)," which Elias makes over by infusing some funky elements and singing with the gospel–jazz vocal group Take 6.
♦♦♦ Half of the 12 tracks showcase Elias' considerable skills as a songwriter. These include smoothly blended vocal duets with daughter Amanda Brecker on "Some Enchanted Place," Mark Kibble of Take 6 on "Incendiando" and Brazilian R&B singer Ed Motta on "Vida (If Not You)."
♦♦♦ Seamlessly switching from Portuguese to English, and blending American jazz with her Brazilian musical roots, Elias proves she's right at home in both her native and adopted countries. :: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/
BY NICK DERISO, FEBRUARY 15, 2015
By Judy Cantor–Navas | March 30, 2015 11:30 AM EDT
|Made In Brazil|