Eliane Elias brings on the quiet: An interview and track premiere
Pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias returns to her Brazilian bossa nova roots with her new album Quietude on Candid. The album features Elias singing with three different guitarists: Marcs Teixeira, Lula Galvão and the late great Oscar Castro-Neves. She also does a vocal duet with another Brazilian legend, Dori Caymmi, on “Saveiros.”
This new album from Eliane Elias arrives at a perfect time. Every day the news brings stories of division and disruption, but she offers us here an opportunity to escape all of that as she sings favorite songs by Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Dorival Caymmi and many others. Like a tasty bowl of feijoada (Brazil's national stew dish), the "comfort food" that is Quietude will transport you to the beautiful calm that is Bahia. The debut song we offer from her, "Tim-Tim Por Tim-Tim," introduces perfectly what is one of her most intimate sessions and features one of the last recordings by Castro-Neves. So, relax and enjoy this intimate conversation between the always delightful Eliane Elias and me.
Every week, we'll be spotlighting a brand-new album that we're excited to share with you. We call it New Day/New Play and it airs in the 6am hour on Daybreak. This week’s selection is Quietude.
“The pianist/vocalist approaches everything with desire and depth, rich with attitude and belief she can bring something different. yet remain true to the school, whether engaging in exchanges with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock or Chucho Valdes, classical voyages, her celebrations of Bud Powell or Bill Evans or her work with the group Steps Ahead,” says Gary Walker, WBGO host of New Day/New Play. “But I think her favorite place is mining gems from her homeland of Brazil. With Quietude, her musical DNA shares with the listener a history brought glowingly upfront, with pieces from Carlos Lyra & Vinicius de Moraes, Moraes & Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dorival Caymmi and more. Elaine’s own inspiration is enriched with guitar work from Marcus Teixeira, Lula Galvao and Oscar Castro-Neves, along with bassist Marc Johnson and Brazilian rhythm makers Paulo Braga, Celso de Almeida and Emilio Martins. Quietude is a primer to further investigate the rich landscapes of world music. At the hands of Eliane Elias it feels like home.”
Listen to her version of “Tim-Tim Por Tim-Tim” from Quietude above.
Elias will be performing material from the album at the Iridium in NYC (Oct. 13-16), as well as at Scullers in Boston (Oct. 21-22), The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA (Nov. 5), and Catalina’s Jazz Club in Los Angeles (Nov. 9-12).