Eliane Elias, review: Legend of the bossa queen
Elias proved she’s an artist at her peak, says Jane Cornwell 4/21/17
Spectacular playing: She’s told it before but she’ll tell it again: Eliane Elias was just 17, leading her trio at a gig in Sao Paolo, when she spotted Joao Gilberto and Vinicius de Moraes, the creators of bossa nova, seated down the front.
“As close as you are now,” said the New York-based virtuoso,
The Brazilian singer-pianist Eliane Elias must occasionally glance at the tour schedule of Diana Krall (two nights at the Albert Hall) and wonder why her star hasn’t risen quite so high. They are two glamorous women playing jazz with a breezy hipness. Elias’s voice is characterful if small compared with Krall’s, but as an improvising pianist she puts the Canadian in the shade.
Still, six sold-out shows at Ronnie Scott’s is no small achievement and Elias arrived trailing accolades for her new album,