ELIANE ELIAS, LIGHT MY FIRE

The Brazilian singer, songwriter and pianist, Eliane Elias, does sultry very well. For years, she has transcended any badge that listeners might want to hang on her as she effortlessly veered between instrumental jazz and vocal pop and lately, both genres (2007’s “Something For You,” a tribute to pianist Bill Evans, and 2008’s exemplary collection with strings, “Bossa Nova Stories,” both on Blue Note.) Her glam style makes her instantly recognizable, but it’s her immensely pleasurable vocals that kiss every tune. As a pianist, Elias is plainly enviable.

Elias continues her winning streak on “Light My Fire” (Concord Picante), injecting some fresh blood into her musical family by adding guitarist/vocalist Gilberto Gil, guitarist Romero Lubambo and trumpeter Randy Brecker to a supportive team that already includes bassist Marc Johnson, guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves and drummer Paulo Braga. Her covers of tunes by Stevie Wonder (“My Cherie Amour”) and Paul Desmond (“Take Five”) are okay, though her bedroom take on the title tune, complete with smoky electric guitar, is pretty good and appropriately leaves nothing to the imagination. Where the album really cooks is on two Gil originals, “Aquele Abraco” and “Toda Menina Baiana,” both awash with syncopated melodies and fiery Brazilian grooves. She confesses to being a romantic at heart and Elias knows how to set the mood, but “Light My Fire” zips along thanks to the singer’s plush arrangements and frankly awesome talent. (12 tracks; 54:36 minutes)
         

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JAZZ IN SPACE: ELIANE ELIAS, LIGHT MY FIRE

Monday, June 6, 2011

ELIANE ELIAS, LIGHT MY FIRE

The Brazilian singer, songwriter and pianist, Eliane Elias, does sultry very well. For years, she has transcended any badge that listeners might want to hang on her as she effortlessly veered between instrumental jazz and vocal pop and lately, both genres (2007’s “Something For You,” a tribute to pianist Bill Evans, and 2008’s exemplary collection with strings, “Bossa Nova Stories,” both on Blue Note.) Her glam style makes her instantly recognizable, but it’s her immensely pleasurable vocals that kiss every tune. As a pianist, Elias is plainly enviable.

Elias continues her winning streak on “Light My Fire” (Concord Picante), injecting some fresh blood into her musical family by adding guitarist/vocalist Gilberto Gil, guitarist Romero Lubambo and trumpeter Randy Brecker to a supportive team that already includes bassist Marc Johnson, guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves and drummer Paulo Braga. Her covers of tunes by Stevie Wonder (“My Cherie Amour”) and Paul Desmond (“Take Five”) are okay, though her bedroom take on the title tune, complete with smoky electric guitar, is pretty good and appropriately leaves nothing to the imagination. Where the album really cooks is on two Gil originals, “Aquele Abraco” and “Toda Menina Baiana,” both awash with syncopated melodies and fiery Brazilian grooves. She confesses to being a romantic at heart and Elias knows how to set the mood, but “Light My Fire” zips along thanks to the singer’s plush arrangements and frankly awesome talent. (12 tracks; 54:36 minutes)
         

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