Eliane Elias -Made in BrazilMarch 31, 2015 / No Comments / Tags: Amanda Brecker, concord jazz, Ed Motta, Edu Ribeiro, eliane elias, Made in Brazil, marc johnson, Marcelo Mariano, Marcus Teixeira, marivaldo dos santos, Mark Kibble, Mauro Refosco, rafael barata, Roberto Menescal, Steve Rodby, Take 6, thejazzpage.com
Made in Brazil the latest production from singer-pianist Eliane Elias truly lives up to its name. The project is her first recorded in her native country since she moved to the U.S. in 1981. The result is a truly exquisite, elegant work of art. Co-producing the effort with Steve Rodby and bassist Marc Johnson, Elias sought out and acquired the services of some of Brazil very talented musicians. The cast includes bassist Marcelo Mariano, guitarists Marcus Teixeira and Roberto Menescal, drummers Edu Ribeiro and Rafael Barata, and percussionists Mauro Refosco and Marivaldo dos Santos. The production also includes wonderful guest appearances from Mark Kibble and the vocal group Take 6, Elias’ daughter Amanda Brecker, Brazilian R&B star Ed Motta and bossa nova composer Roberto Menescal. Elias contributes 6 wonderful original songs to a set that is rich with her wonderful vocal delivery and the flavors of her homeland. The addition of Rob Mathes string arrangements performed by members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios takes the production to another level. If it all sounds pretty epic, that’s because it is a truly fantastic recording.
Click to listen to a clip of “Driving Ambition”:
Tracks: Brasil (Aquarela do Brasil), Você, Aguas de Março (Waters of March), Searching, Some Enchanted Place, Incendiando, Vida (If Not You), Este Seau Olhar- Promessas, Driving Ambition, Rio, A Sorte do Amor (The Luck of Love), No Tabuleiro da Baiana.