Eliane Elias - Dance Of Time
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Eliane Elias - Dance Of TimeEliane Elias - Dance Of Time marks Brazilian Jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, composer's 24th album. Released on the Concord Music Group label, this outstanding 12-track release has already earned two Latin Grammy® nominations for Best Latin Jazz Album and Best Engineered Album. The album celebrates the music that influenced Eliane Elias while growing up in Brazil, as well as the 100th anniversary of samba, so put on your dancing shoes and get ready for romance with this spectacularly brilliant release sung in English and Portuguese.



Eliane Elias - Dance Of Time


Eliane Elias - Dance Of Time


Eliane Elias - Dance of TIme: O Pato, You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me, Copacabana, Coisa Feita, By Hand (Em Mãos), Sambou, Little Paradise, Speak Low, Samba De Orly, Na Batucada Da Vida, An Up Dawn, Not To Cry (Pra Não Chorar)


Personnel: Eliane Elias - vocals, piano, Marcus Teixeira - acoustic guitar (tracks 1-3, 5-10), Conrado Goys - electric guitar (track 4), Marcelo Mariano - electric bass (tracks 1-10), Edu Ribeiro - drums (tracks 1-3, 5-10), Celso de Almeida - drums (track 4), Marivaldo dos Santos - percussion (tracks 2, 3, 9), Gustavo di Dalva - percussion (2, 3, 9). Special Guests: Amilton Godov - piano (track 11), João Bosco - vocals, guitar (track 4), Mark Kibble - background vocals (tracks 3, 5, 8), Mike Mainieri - vibraphone (tracks 2, 7), Randy Brecker - flugelhorn (track 8), Toquinho - vocals (track 9, 12), guitar (track 12)


Eliane Elias - Dance Of Time was produced by Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, and Steve Rodby on the Concord Music Group label, and like her previous Made in Brazil release, it was recorded in Brazil. All songs arranged by Eliane Elias, with background vocals arranged by Mark Kibble on tracks 3, 5, and 8.


Eliane Elias - photo by Bob Wolfenson
Eliane Elias


Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Eliane Elias started playing the piano at the age of seven, and her immense talent helped launch her international music career. Moving to the United States in 1981, her albums have skyrocketed to critical acclaim. As a note of point, her 2015 album, Made In Brazil, also released on the Concord Music Group label, earned her a Grammy® award for Best Latin Jazz Album, and a Latin Grammy® nomination for Best Engineered Album. 


Dance Of Time, released in 2017 on the Concord Music Group label, has earned two Latin Grammy® nominations for Best Latin Jazz Album and Best Engineered Album. The Dance Of Time release opens with the lively 1960 song, O Pato, written by Jayme Silva and Neuza Teixeira, that had me dancing the samba around the room listening to Eliane's fabulous vocals singing in Portuguese with its catchy piano rhythm, Edu Ribeiro laying down the beat on drums, and Marcelo Mariano on electric bass (who plays on all tracks from 1-10), and Marcus Teixeira layering in acoustic guitar.


Track two, the 1932 song, You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin has Eliane singing in English. Joining Eliane and Marcelo Mariano are Marivaldo dos Santos and Gustavo di Dalva on percussion, and special guest Mike Mainieri on vibraphone, which gives the song its flair


Copacabana, written in 1944 by João de Barro and Albert Ribeiro, is a Brazilian classic, has a lovely piano and scat intro that leads to the full band playing interspersed with vibrant piano segments and Eliane singing in English and Portuguese that make it a standout and beckons an invitation to travel to Rio de Janeiro to experience its famous beach with its enchanting lyrics. Playing with Eliane on this track is Marcus Teixeira on acoustic guitar, Edu Ribeiro on drums, Marivaldo dos Santos and Gustavo di Dalva on percussion, with special guest Mark Kibble adding background vocals.


The rhythm continues with an up-tempo sambo beat with Coisa Feita, which translates from Portuguese to English as something done or a done deal, written by João Bosco, Aldir Blanc, and Paulo. Joining Eliane is Conrado Goys on electric guitar, Celso de Almeida on drums, and special guest João Bosco singing in Portuguese and playing guitar.


Next up, Eliane Elias shows off her composing talent with the lovely song, By Hand (Em Mãos), which is a stunning composition. Joining Eliane on this track is Marcus Teixeira on acoustic guitar (who also plays on tracks 6 - 10), Edu Ribeiro comes back on drums (and remains for tracks 6 - 10), and special guest Mark Kibble adds background vocals.


We went to Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 3, 2017 where Eliane Elias was performing a special program: From Bill Evans to Brazil. One of the songs she performed was Sambou Sambou written by João Donato in 1965, which was fabulous, and listening to the recorded version recalled images of Eliane at the piano playing with a clear vibrancy and contagious energy. Joining Eliane are Marcus Teixeira, Marcelo Mariano, and Edu Ribeiro.

Slowing the pace, Eliane segues into her elegant composition Little Paradise, with gorgeous piano and Eliane singing in English. She continues with the slow, sexy, and sultry, 1943 song, Speak Low by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash, which has a drum intro by Edu Ribeiro, which slides into special guest Randy Brecker on flugelhorn, joined by Eliane on piano.


Samba De Orly written by Toquinho, Vinicius de Moraes, and Chico Buarque in 1970, picks up the samba rhythm again and is a calling card for Rio de Janeiro. Stunning piano interludes make this a standout along with the vocals of special guest Toquinho, and Gustavo di Dalvo on percussion.


Na Batucada Da Vida by Ary Barroso and Luiz Peixoto is another highlight of the release, with Eliane singing in Portugese. Once again, Eliane Elias works her magic with her lively and up-tempo, An Up Dawn, with its catchy samba rhythm and Elaine scatting her way through this piece, with special guest Amilton Godoy on piano.


The release takes the listener down gently closing with the Toquinho and Eliane Elias song, Not To Cry (Pra Não Chorar), a lament with its slow and easy pace with Eliane on piano, and Toquinho on guitar, and both singing in Portuguese. Eliane notes, "the song was initially composed by Toquinho in 1978 and entitled "Eliane," but it was unfinished. When I reminded him of the tune, Toquinho was thrilled. We finished the song. He wrote all of the lyrics, which are nostalgic as they talk about the times we were together with Vinicius, rehearsing, touring and living a life in music and art."


While you may not be able to hop on a plane and head to Brazil, with Eliane Elias: Dance Of Time, you can take a musical journey any time you desire, just close your eyes and slide into the hypnotic samba beat.


Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

For information on Eliane Elias and upcoming tour dates, please visit the website: www.ElianeElias.com

Listen to a teaser of Dance Of Time: http://elianeelias.com/discography/dance-of-time/

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