Bossa Nova Stories

Bossa Nova Stories

by Eliane Elias


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Eliane Elias returns to the music of her native Brazil with this collection of bossa nova favorites, though there are a few American standards and pop songs recast as bossa novas as well. The pianist has grown in confidence as a vocalist over the course of several CDs, developing a sexy yet never overdone style that beautifully complements the music. With her husband Marc Johnson (who has also been her longtime bassist of choice), drummer Paulo Braga, either Oscar Castro-Neves or Ricardo Vogt on acoustic guitar, and a pair of guests, Elias proves herself as a talented singing pianist, effortlessly switching between English and Portuguese lyrics. Some of the tracks add string orchestrations, yet they never overwhelm the arrangements. Highlights include the easygoing rendition of "The More I See You," the relaxed and sensual treatment of "Estate (Summer)" (which adds Toots Thielemans on harmonica), "I'm Not Alone (Who Loves You?)" (which includes composer Ivan Lins in a vocal duet with Elias), and a surprisingly effective setting of Stevie Wonder's "Superwoman" (with Thielemans making another guest appearance). Eliane Elias remains one of the top bossa nova interpreters, in addition to her skills in many other jazz styles.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2009
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 5099922810328
catalogNumber: 28103
Rank: 52728

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eliane Elias   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Ivan Lins   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar
Isobel Griffiths   Conductor
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Perry Mason   Concert Master
Paulo Braga   Percussion,Drums
Marc Courtney Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Ivan Lins   Composer
Caetano Veloso   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Eliane Elias   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Will Jennings   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Hitoshi Namekata   Executive Producer
Steve Rodby   Audio Production
Axel Stordahl   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Bruno Martino   Composer
Kaoru Taku   Art Direction
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Bruno Brighetti   Composer
Anthony Ruotolo   Engineer
Geraldo Pereira   Composer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer

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