Around the City

Around the City

by Eliane Elias


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Eliane Elias has moved further and further into mainstream pop in recent years, and Around the City continues that course. Having begun as a member of the jazz ensemble Steps Ahead, she ventured tentatively into solo recordings in the late '80s, maintaining her solid commitment to jazz while never failing to bridge her adventurous tendencies with the Brazilian traditions that were her birthright. On recent albums she's been redefining herself, shifting from a role as a strictly instrumental musician to building a rep as a vocalist who (singing in both English and Portuguese) accompanies herself on piano and occasionally lets loose with a startling, stunning solo. Jazz and Brazil still figure largely into the makeup of her music ("Slide Show," "Chiclete Com Banana"), but sometimes just barely. Elias radically reinterprets Bob Marley's "Jammin'" as a nearly unrecognizable dance tune here, but she reclaims Beck's "Tropicalia" for Brazil -- a natural for Elias to cover, her take is faithful to the original's structure and brings to it a samba touch that Beck could only approximate. Her cover of Tito Puente's (by way of Santana) "Oye Como Va," on the other hand, sticks to the blueprint. Elias is writing more these days, too, to mixed results. "We're So Good," co-penned with co-producer Lester Mendez and songwriter Lauren Christy, sits firmly in Norah Jones territory, waiting for radio to discover it, while the album's two closing numbers, "Another Day" and "Segredos (Secrets), Pt. 2," both written by Elias solo, exude a melancholy bluesiness that confirms her growing talent as a cabaret-style singer/songwriter while leaving the listener with another hint that this artist is undergoing a continuing transformation.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2006
Label: Rca Victor
UPC: 0828768022825
catalogNumber: 80228

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eliane Elias   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Dave Valentin   Flute
Paulinho Braga   Drums
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Gene Lake   Drums
Andres Levin   Guitar
Vicente Amigo   Acoustic Guitar
Amanda Elias Brecker   Hand Clapping
Oscar Castro   Acoustic Guitar
Adam Rodgers   Guitar
Gilmar Gomes   Percussion

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Dorival Caymmi   Composer
Tito Puente   Composer
Marc Johnson   Audio Production
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Lauren Christy   Composer
Eliane Elias   Composer,Producer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Andres Levin   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lester Mendez   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Almira Castilho   Composer
Josh Wilbur   Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth   Engineer
Stephen Ferrera   Executive Producer

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