Eliane Elias, Brazilian-born pianist and vocalist, presented an enviable image as she grinned and tossed her mane of blonde hair, pounding out rhythms with insatiable enthusiasm.
Tonight’s few-frills piano trio gig swirled with invention, pulse and history lived. Marc Johnson was the bass player, alongside drummer Pat LaBarbera, in pianist Bill Evans’ last rhythm section; the legendary jazz impressionist died in 1980. Johnson and LaBarbera sustained Evans’ final years at a creative high, and tonight’s performance resonated with the stealthy rhythms, group interplay and gossamer textures that were the late pianist’s hallmark. But with Johnson’s marital partner, Eliane Elias, playing piano this was never going to […]
ELIANE ELIAS/I Thought About You: As much as I look forward to each new Elias album, I wasn’t sure what to expect here. The opening piano riffs were comforting and they soon eased all fears this vocal tribute to Chet Baker was ill conceived and would roll off the rails. The Brazilian accented vocals give this an insouciance that keeps this from being a museum piece or a desperate career move. With a smart crew underpinning it all with some […]
How do you improve a tremendous piano trio? Add Joe Lovano. For their new album of acoustic, original music, the husband-and-wife team of bassist Marc Johnson and pianist Eliane Elias recruited the agile drummer Joey Baron. The trio recordings included here are so strong that it’s clear the musicians could have crafted an entire album in that setting and gotten great results. But the addition of Lovano’s saxophone takes a song like Elias’ “Moments” to another level, thanks to his […]
Jazztimes Not halfway into the first track, Swept Away resonates as a perfectly suitable title for this event, Marc Johnson’s first ECM album since 2005’s Shades of Jade. This time around, he shares the bill with one of today’s truly great pianists, Eliane Elias, a key collaborator for many years, and a musical companion who also happens to be his wife. They’ve been together for 20 years, though Elias expresses the relationship could actually be valued at 85 years when […]
Eliane will be performaing at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle from October 25 to 28. If you are in the area don’t miss her exciting performance.
Here are some highlights: “Simultaneously powerful and fragile, Elias played with joy and fervor, and her group was not far behind in power. Leaning on her piano, chords throwing in ‘staccato’, as in Dorival Caymmi Rosa Morena (version she did ‘Rosa blonde’) tearing to dance while singing. Who can sing a song while dancing wasting sexy sensuality, and then sit at the piano and play a solo that would rival McCoy Tyner? Elias could be the best example of the […]
Rochester City News Eliane Elias wowed the crowd at Kilbourn Hall Wednesday night in a show filled with sambas and bossa novas from her native Brazil. For decades Elias has been known as a formidable pianist; in recent years her singing has become an equally important part of her music. She sang songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and others in the original Portuguese. Only on “Call Me” and on the bridge in “The Girl From Ipanema” did she sing in […]
Tell your boss he needs to sort out his Skype!” says jazz star Eliane Elias, pointedly but with a laugh, before she says a rushed goodbye. Skype, as you know, is a computer programme that allows you to make free video or “telephone” calls via the internet. Now, with this wonderful piece of technology, Eliane in New York and I (in Dinton) have been trying to connect for a full half hour. We resort to the telephone. Eliane’s reputation goes […]
Eliane is in Brazil this week for the release of Light My Fire in her country. Her feature in the magazine Valor Economico came out today. See it here …