“Glamour with Genuine Talent …. major labels are taking a second look at female pianists who can sing and are easy on the eye. Eliane Elias is a case in point. A solid pianist familiar with all the modern-jazz icons from Bud Powell to Herbie Hancock, she has been traveling in fast jazz company for years, but only now are the business-suits taking stock of her extra-curricular assets. When she stepped on stage last night, her trim figure shoe-horned into a black catsuit with side-slashed trouser-legs, conversation died. This was glamour that put movie actresses in the shade. Then there wqs her voice, a husky instrument with the off-hand, lightly-accented charm of a latter-day Astrud Gilberto. And her face, which radiated the joy of music-making. Her material was familiar, bossa nova classics (Agua de Beber, Fotografia) and standards (Tangerine) as featured in her new BMG album, Dreamer, but she put it over impressively. Ruminative intros burst into forceful, creative solos that kept her quartet at full stretch. Glamorous she may be, but Eliane is all musician….. She’s quite a talent. ”

Evening Standard, London, UK, July 9 2004 (of the live performance on July 8 in London)

“Dreamer captures Elias in a musical setting that is elegant, sophisticated, sensual, and romantic.”

Outsmart

“Eliane Elias’ unhurried, seductive delivery of Dreamer does Brazilian jazz proud, whether she’s singing in Portuguese (Jobim’s “Vivo Sonhando”) or English (Mercer’s “Tangerine”). Her formidable keyboard skills, meanwhile, take center stage on the thumping “Doralice.” However, it’s Elias’ own original contribution, the richly romantic “Time Alone” that proves what a complex talent she really is. ”

Genre

“… Jazz pianist/vocalist Elias [mixes] gems from the American songbook with bossa novas and original work. A deceptively low-key start on the Big Band-era gem “Tangerine” soon glides into something swingingly irresistible. Elias’ tender cooing of “Call Me” and pensive keyboarding on “A House Is Not A Home” bookend this elegant, sensual and romantic set.”

HX Magazine

“Dreamer makes a great backdrop for a romantic, candle-lit dinner for two with red wine and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. Clothing optional…….. ”

Between The Lines

“That the album so vividly conjures old Hollywood or pre-Castro Cuba speaks to the success of the collection. Elias’s deep, breathy vocals and crisp piano are perfect for the collection this renowned jazz pianist has assembled.”

Edge, Boston

“Whether pianist or vocalist, Eliane Elias sings beautifully throughout Dreamer, as she’s done so often in the past. While all the songs on Dreamer are beautifully done, Call Me, Baubles Bangles and Beads, So Nice , Doralice and the two originals deserve extra attention…”

Jazz Review.com

“…These are songs that make you want to dance, or make you wish that you knew how.”

Edge, Boston

“…It’s a tasteful album, made so by Elias’ seductive, husky vocals, the subtle string orchestration and an overall Brazilian feel. Most impressive is when Elias takes command of her piano, as in the coda to “Baubles, Bangles and Beads,” and when she performs her own material. Notably, the gospel-tinged “Movin’ Me On” is surprising for a musician who excels in traditional bossa novas. —LC”

Billboard May 15, 2004

“….Elias’ vocals have a nice sense of intimacy. But it is her fine piano spots that are the most appealing aspects of the album….[ Her singing] on Dorival Caymmi’s marvelously elastic “Doralice,” swings happily through the song’s effervescent melody.”

Los Angeles Times April 18, 2004

“…[Eliane] is backed throughout by the lush sounds of an orchestra, and here Elias the singer is front and center, accompanied by Elias the exquisite pianist. The result is a dreamy, elegant and sensual 53 minutes of romantic jazz. Elias’ low, breathy, intimate, nearly vibrato-less instrument both shapes and fits the mood perfectly, while Rob Mathes’ lush orchestral arrangements create a lacy fabric that is tasteful and non-intrusive.The CD is nicely paced; “Baubles, Bangles and Beads,” ‘”Tangerine,” and “Doralice” are the lighter, more up-tempo selections that keep things moving. The album closes with its only instrumental number, Bacharach and David’s “A House Is Not a Home,” where Eliane’s pure, crystalline tone and velvety touch have their moment to shine. ”

J. Robert Bragonier all about jazz

“…sumptuous seduction. Eliane Elias is the real thing, a very good pianist and a singer whose style is the result of a great deal of artistic subtlety, and a musician who here resides in her perfect home, bringing the most sinuous of rhythmic touches to such shiny songs as Call Me and Baubles, Bangles and Beads. ….Exceptionally smooth on the surface but with some very satisfying hidden depths. One of the classiest releases of the year.”

Birmingham Post (UK)

“…Elias’ piano work on these 11 tracks is as effortlessly elegant as ever….[Dreamer is] lush and luxurious. Listening to Elias through mink-lined arrangements of “Call Me”, “That’s All”, “So Nice”, “Baubles,Bangles and Beads” and various other misty sentiments- is rather like lazing on Copacabana beach watching soft clouds play hide-and-seek with the statley Sugarloaf. Each sun-dappled track is appropriately dreamy, none more so than two Elias originals-the easy-flowing “Movin’ Me On” and the meditative “Time Alone”. Keen-eared samba fans will also recognize Elias’ cunning nod to Stan Getz on “Doralice”.

JazzTimes Magazine, September 2004 by Christopher Loudon

Concert review from the performance at Hollywood Bowl

“The Sao Paulo-born artist, has long been one of the underrated pianists of her generation. “Desafinado” was a showcase demonstration of her mature jazz skills, via improvised choruses that brilliantly blended the passionate intensity of urban bop-driven phrasing with the floating rhythms of bossa nova. Elias’ vocals were sung in pleasantly laid-back fashion. … [and ] on marvelous “Doralice”, her voice wound with elastic ease through the song’s rapidly moving, infectious melody.”

Los Angeles Times
Friday, July 23, 2004 by Don Heckman

Concert Review : Hollywood Bowl “Eliane Elias, a Brazilian-born pianist who now spends a good deal of her time singing in a quietly sultry voice, kept mostly to bossa nova format. Like Frank Sinatra, she could turn “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” into a relaxed bossa nova, while doing the same for “Call Me” and “Tangerine” at even slower tempos. To close, Elias reversed the process, converting “Desafinado” into advanced North American post-bop.”

from Billboard reviewed on July 21, 2004 by Richard S. Ginel