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Eliane Elias

The classical tradition meets the spontaneity of jazz through the virtuosic playing of Brazil-born and New York-based pianist Eliane Elias. A former member of jazz ensemble Steps Ahead, Elias has continued to explore two distinct musical streams through her solo recordings and her performances since the mid-'80s. In 1993, she became one of the few artists to release jazz and classical albums simultaneously. In a review of a concert in her homeland, Brazil magazine praised Elias for "her dazzling right-hand runs, executed often at frightening speeds. Her command of the keyboard was total. Her harmonic sensibility caused a sense of wonderment."

Elias may have inherited at least some of her musical talents from her mother, Lucy, a classical pianist who often played jazz records in the family home. After studying for six years at the Free Center of Music Apprenticeship in São Paulo, she continued to study classical technique with Amilton Godoy and Amaral Vieira. By her teens, Elias was composing her own pieces and performing in jazz clubs. While touring in Europe in 1981, she met jazz bassist Eddie Gomez and was encouraged to travel to New York. Arriving in the Big Apple the following year, she studied privately with Olegna Fuschi at the Juilliard School of Music. Elias' professional career received a boost when she was invited to join Steps Ahead, a jazz "supergroup" featuring Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, Mike Manieri, and Eddie Gomez. She recorded one album with the group -- Steps Ahead -- in 1983. Shortly after leaving Steps Ahead, Elias began collaborating with trumpet player Randy Brecker, whom she subsequently married but later divorced. Their sole duo album, released in 1985, was named after their daughter Amanda. The following year, Elias launched her career as a bandleader. Since then, she's alternated tours with two different trios, one featuring drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gomez and the other featuring drummer Erskine and her current husband, bassist Marc Johnson. Elias has also performed with a third trio, featuring Johnson on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on drums.

She signed with Blue Note in 1989, and released her debut for the label, So Far So Close, the same year with a slew of guests. While most of her recordings have been instrumental, Elias introduced her soft but coarse vocals on her 1990 album Eliane Elias Plays Jobim, and has employed vocals on occasion ever since. Her 1995 album Solos and Duets featured a brilliantly executed duet with Herbie Hancock. In addition to working periodically with Toots Thielemans' Brasil Project, Elias has served as musical director for Gilberto Gil's group. While she continued to record for the rest of the '90s, it was 2000's Impulsive! that proved one of the largest surprises in her career as she collaborated with conductor and arranger Bob Brookmeyer leading the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra. In 2002 she left Blue Note for RCA's Bluebird label, where she debuted with Kissed by Nature, a primarily vocal album, and followed it up with the lovely Dreamer in 2004. Elias released Around the City in 2006, a collection of primarily vocal tracks that moved ever further into pop territory, covering music by Santana, Bob Marley, and even Beck. It was her final album for Bluebird.

She returned to Blue Note for 2007's Something for You: Elaine Elias Sings & Plays Bill Evans, fronting a trio with Johnson (who played with Evans) and drummer Joey Baron. In 2009, she issued what many have argued is her finest recording, Bossa Nova Stories, fully engaging her Brazilian heritage in bossa and samba and illustrating her singular jazz instincts as a pianist. In 2010, Savoy Records issued Timeless Eliane Elias, a compilation of tracks culled from her mid-'80s recordings Illusions and Cross Currents. In late 2010, Elias signed with Concord; in the late spring of 2011 she released Light My Fire, her debut set on the label. A year later, Elias paired with bassist and husband Johnson for the instrumental ECM date Swept Away. In 2013, Elias paid homage to trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker with I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker. Two years later, she delivered the lush homage to her Brazilian roots with Made in Brasil. ~ Craig Harris & Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Made In Brazil

1. Brasil (Aquarela Do Brasil)

2. Voce

3. Aguas De Marco (Waters Of March)

4. Searching

5. Some Enchanted Place

6. Incendiando

7. Vida (If Not You)

8. Este Seu Olhar / Promessas

9. Driving Ambition

10. Rio

11. A Sorte Do Amor (The Luck Of Love)

12. No Tabuleiro Da Baiana

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Track List: I Thought About You

1. I Thought About You

2. There Will Never Be Another You

3. This Can't Be Love

4. Embraceable You

5. That Old Feeling

6. Everything Depends On You

7. I've Never Been In Love Before

8. Let's Get Lost

9. You Don't Know What Love Is

10. Blue Room

11. Just Friends

12. Girl Talk

13. Just In Time

14. I Get Along Very Well Without You

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Track List: Light My Fire

1. Rosa Morena

2. Stay Cool

4. Light My Fire

7. Toda Menina Baiana

8. Bananeira

9. Made In Moonlight

11. Take Five

12. What About The Heart (Bate Bate)

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Track List: Bossa Nova Stories

1. The Girl From Ipanema

2. Chega De Saudade

3. The More I See You

4. They Can't Take That Away From Me

5. Desafinado

6. Estate (Summer)

7. Day In Day Out

8. I'm Not Alone (Who Loves You)

9. Too Marvelous For Words

10. Superwoman

11. Falsa Baiana

12. Minha Saudade

13. A Ra (The Frog)

14. Day By Day

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Track List: Something For You: Eliane Elias Sings & Plays Bill Evans

1. You And The Night And The Music

2. Here Is Something For You

3. A Sleepin' Bee

4. But Not For Me

5. Waltz For Debby

6. Five

7. Blue In Green

8. Detour Ahead

9. Minha (All Mine)

10. My Foolish Heart

11. But Beautiful/Here's That Rainy Day

12. I Love My Wife

13. For Nenette

14. Evanesque

15. Solar

16. After All

17. Introduction To

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Track List: Around The City

1. Running

2. Oye Como Va

3. Around The City

4. Jammin'

5. Segredos (Secrets)

6. We're So Good

7. Tropicalia

8. Slide Show

9. A Vizinha Do Lado (The Next Door Neighbor)

10. Save Your Love For Me

11. Chiclete Com Banana

12. Another Day

13. Segredos (Secrets), Pt. 2

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Track List: Brazilian Classics

1. Passarim

2. Chega De Saudade

3. Carioca Nights

4. Garota De Ipanema

5. Milton Nascimento Medley

6. Waters Of March / Agua De Beber

7. One Note Samba

8. Crystal And Lace

9. Jazz 'N' Samba

10. Brazil

11. Iluminados

12. Jet Samba

13. Wave

14. Black Orpheus

15. Dindi

16. O Polichinelo

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Track List: Kissed By Nature

1. Kissed By Nature

2. A Volta

3. Manhattan

4. Aparecceu

5. Perere

6. Where Did You Go?

7. Balance

8. Djavan Medley

9. October

10. September

11. Luar

12. Kissed By Nature (Remix)

13. Balance (Remix)

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Track List: Everything I Love

1. Bowing To Bud

2. Nostalgia In Times Square

3. The Beat Of My Heart

4. I Fall In Love Too Easily

5. Everything I Love

7. They Say It's Wonderful

8. I Love You

9. That's All It Was

11. Woody 'N You

12. Blah Blah Blah

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Track List: Sings Jobim

1. Girl From Ipanema

2. One Note Samba

6. Desafinado

7. Falando De Amor

9. A Felicidade

11. How Insensitive

13. Pois E

15. Modinha

16. Caminhos Cruzados

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Track List: The Three Americas

1. An Up Dawn

2. The Time Is Now

3. Caipora

4. Chorango

5. Chega De Saudade

6. Crystal And Lace

7. Brigas Nunca Mais

8. Introduction To Guarani

9. O Guarani

10. Jungle Journey

11. Missing You

12. Jumping Fox

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Track List: Eliane Elias Plays Jobim

1. Waters Of March / Agua de Beber

2. Sabia

3. Passarim

4. Don't Ever Go Away

5. Desafinado

6. Angela

7. Children's Games

8. Dindi

9. Zingaro

10. One Note Samba

11. Don't Ever Go Away (Por Causa de Voce)

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Track List: Dreamer

1. Call Me

2. Baubles, Bangles And Beads

3. Photograph

4. Movin' Me On

5. So Nice

6. That's All

7. Tangerine

8. Dreamer

9. Time Alone

10. Doralice

11. A House Is Not A Home

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Track List: Timeless

1. Cross Currents

2. Moments

3. Falling In Love With Love

4. Chan's Song

5. Loco Motif

6. When You Wish Upon A Star

7. Choro

8. Through The Fire

9. Coming And Going

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Are you ever in Atl...... I would be there! with a front row seat!
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Eliane Elegant
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Elaine is a betty
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Nice voice, I love your songs:Tanger i n e , the more I see u".
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So much Soul. A lot of depth. REAL COOL, that is what Bossa Nova will do for YOU.
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estate is brillant
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tough call between which is more.... her beauty or talent.... I'm partial to the beauty... but not by much..!
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As talented as she is beautiful!
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Piano perfect
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MERAVIGLIOSA BOSSA !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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she's a total betty!
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Her music sends me into the trees!! Beyond erotic! Wow! To quote ''captainbar t t e r e l l : She has the Chops''!
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She's amazing
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ohhhh yesss! WOW just cannot hear enough of this track!!!
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A Wonderful Musician!! Love the multiplicity in every aspect of her incredible talent! Her performance is astounding!!
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This beautiful and exciting woman has the chops, She is Outstanding
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gustaver
WOW! I didn't know the Sublime One had a new album out! On my way to score it now! Just as sultry, playful and luscious as ever is Miss Elias!
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Diana Krall thinks she can sing....
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Absolutely NO comparison to Diana Krall....... . . .
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She is first class!
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Beauitiful Voice, enough to make love too. From one Latin to Another.
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gburgess0147 5
Absolutely wonderful voice!
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vipermike021 7
Made in Brazil, just outstanding! ! !
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This beautiful woman has it all going her way, she can sing and play the keyboards like no other, her sound is unique and I like it, what a voice, what a woman, wow !!!!
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Elegant vocals.
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My absolute favorite
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I agree with you Barry about her and she has the sexiest voice in the business.
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I've seen many of her video's and those cannot be photo-shoppe d . She has her own style but she is still very attractive and when you see her play . . . . . . . you can tell she's into it. She literally dances in her seat while she plays and sings. She is multifaceted . She plays , she sings and she looks fantasticall y good at 50 ? who cares, she's the smoothest sexiest 50 that I have EVER seen. I am waiting for her to come to Detroit !! or within 60 miles of Detroit, I will STILL go and see her.
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She was singing and playing Djavan in 2002 ? Listen to how she applies her own deft style to an already nice song. Her chords are unique but she still sounds so dreamy and latin. . . . . beautiful. This girl is amazingly talented , . . . . and she SINGS to !!
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very smooth singing
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What a voice!!!!!!
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If you love her you must listen to Tanya Maria....and then get back to me...
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Simply Hot Hot Hot!!!!!
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la bossa nova brasilera emolto bella
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Latin women and latin music SEXY!!!
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Oh so smooth, look for more from her, could listen to her all night
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One of my favorites. I agree, similar to a Latin Krall. Great voice!
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Elaine. Elias. ( Through. The. Fire. )
I. Grant. You , you. Have. Never
Never. Heard. Any. Song. Like. This
Check. It. Out. And. Let. Know.
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Saw her at Birdland 2013, excellent show although I thought it was a bit short. I was sitting pretty close, she is also very sexy and dresses to show off her ample top. .
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Love her sound
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Photoshop or not, she's HOT -both in looks and sound. She's a complete package!
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she is heavily photoshopped . she's in her fifties. Come on! Ok, I'll start using photos from 2004 then if she is! lol But I do like her voice. Smooth, calming. Love that she hasn't ditched her Brazilian accent though she's lived her for years I think.
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She sings this song beautifully and does sound like Dianna Krall.
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She reminds me of Diana Krall. Could she have a sister? Hauntingly similar in style and voice quality.
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sexy , beautiful , would love to meet her so she could sing to me !!!!!!!
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mmmm-mmm She is Fine!
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amfancy
Fantastic
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Soft, sultry voice that's pitch perfect. But there's more, she sings it with feeling. Very beautiful.
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voice like liquid, almost as good as Bebel
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such a calming voice
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