Ouest France review of Eliane Elias in Caen Fr.
Ten minutes after the doors opened, the church of Saint-Nicolas de Caen is already packed on Thursday night for the highlight of the festival Voice Viva Voce. People are impatient to listen to one of the most beautiful voices in contemporary jazz. Eliane Elias, accompanied by three musicians on the scene. Direction to Brazil surfing bossa nova rhythms with the song Bananeira, bananier in French. A soft voice, suave put a little sunshine in their hearts. The heat permeates the walls of a chilly church.
The artist is charming, smiling and touches the public . The journey continues with Desafinado composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Eliane Elias is surrounded with Marc Johnson, her partner for 27 years, inspired bassist, Freddie Bryant smiling, and Mike Shapiro master of rhythm and percussion sticks. The four musicians are in harmony, each song is punctuated by improvisations which are real performance.
Love, joy, sadness.
Some Chet Baker, to whom she dedicated her last album. In I thought about you, flagship song of the album followed by the romantic Embraceable you, so beautiful that affect the driest souls. Of love, joy, sadness, the emotions vary with each song. Seduced, the audience follows the singer wherever it takes them. It was now that the three musicians leave the stage for an intimate moment.
Pianist with quick and accurate fingers, she travels on the piano with such ease through the songs. No frills, pure voice, pure content, certainly inimitable. Finally, she performed in front of the stage Rosa Morena, a sensual complicity with her guitarist. For the last song, she makes room for two of her fantastic musicians: Marc Johnson and Mike Shapiro. We were discovering the beauty of the sound of a bass solo with mouths opened, and remained speechless in front of the spectacular show drummer. The audience thanked the artists for these magical moments in the cheering up standing ovations.origin