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Eliane Elias: "Made In Brazil"

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For São Paulo-born Eliane Elias, the title says it all: "Made In Brazil" marks a homecoming for this multi-Grammy nominated pianist and singer. But she doesn't go it alone. 

Eliane recruited the vocal talents of Mark Kibble and the award-winning gospel group Take 6, her daughter Amanda Brecker, the celebrated Brazilian vocalist Ed Motta and distinguished bossa nova composer Roberto Menescal. The orchestral arrangements of Rob Mathes add another touch to this recording.

"Made In Brazil" marks the first time Eliane has recorded a disc in her native Brazil since moving to the U.S. In 1981.

Incorporating three generations of Brazilian composers, Elias says, "it has history, but it's not a retro record. It's very contemporary yet with the tradition and authenticity of Brazil; it's music of the world with Brazilian DNA."

Marcus Teixeira's guitar introduces "Brasil," Ary Barroso's 1939 a anthem, recognized the world over. With her Fender Rhodes and voice, Eliane envelops the listener with the infectious samba rhythms with bassist Marcelo Mariano, drummer Edu Ribeiro and percussionist Mauro Refosco lighting the path.

"Voce" features Menescal's guitar and Elias's vocal. Her husband, legendary bassist Marc Johnson joins the mix. Their duet on Elias's original, "A Sorte do Amor (the Luck of Love)" deeply expresses the relationship built on their many years together.

Jobim's "Aguas de Março (Waters of March)" is a swirling mix as Kibble and Take 6 join the leader, returning for "Incendiando", one of six originals on the recording.

You can make "Made In Brazil" part of your DNA when it comes out March 31st. Eliane celebrates the new recording live April 7 - 11 at Birdland in New York.

   - Gary Walker, WBGO music director

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