Eliane Elias has a silky resonance in her vocals that is reminiscent of American pop singer, Carly Simon as Elias cuddles the lyrics with all the feminine lure of a sea nymph capable of mollifying a mood into an elated pitch. She can calm a violent tiger with her voice, and keep the beast mesmerized by every curl in her vocal moves and every stretched out strand that she extends outs to the audience. Her latest album, Bossa Nova Stories radiates with all the balmy Sun-drenched atmospherics that exist 24/7 south of the border. Elias’ laid-back and caressing strokes have the seraphic touch of Rosie Carlino and the tranquil lilt of Jane Monheit.
Elias pays tribute to the music of her homeland on her 21st recording, Bossa Nova Stories, released via Blue Note/EMI Records in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of bossa nova. Raised in Sao Paulo in the ‘60s and based in New York City today, Eliane Elias arranged all the songs and produced the album along with her co-producer Steve Rodby, associate producer/bassist Marc Johnson and executive producer Hitoshi Namekata. The repertoire is steep in traditional bossa nova swing like A.C. Jobim’s "The Girl From Ipanema" and Geraldo Pereira’s "Falsa Baiana" along with a few American standards like George and Ira Gershwin’s "They Can’t Take That Away From Me" and Harry Warren and Mack Gordon’s "The More I See You," and one cover of Stevie Wonder’s pop tune "Superwoman" which Elias interprets with balmy fluidity. The cha-cha grooves that she steps into along "A Ra" (The Frog) have a fiery texture, but cool down to a moonlit, romantic mast in "Day By Day" penned by Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn. Elias additionally plays the piano on "Day By Day" tapping into the same debonair flare that she implements when she sings.
Recorded at London’s historic Abbey Road Studios, Bossa Nova Stories features 7-tracks with full orchestration perceptively arranged and conducted by Rob Mathes (Carly Simon, Elton John, Tony Bennett). Elias’ band on the recording include some top notch musicians such as guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, drummer Paulo Braga, bassist Marc Johnson, bossa nova singer-songwriter Ivan Lins, and legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans who performs on "Estate" and "Superwoman." Elias’ performance is stellar as her delivery in Bossa Nova Stories will leave you falling in love with this genre and desiring more of it.