Eliane Elias
Bossa Nova Stories

Release Date: January 13, 2009
Produced by: Eliane Elias and Steve Rodby
Format: CD



Matt Rowe


Eliane Elias wisely leads off her new Blue Note release with the timeless Jobim classic, “The Girl From Ipanema.”  In her version, she delivers it with a sultry take that captures your attention for the rest of her album, Bossa Nova Stories.  Bossa Nova is a re-emerging style replacing the previous infatuation with Big Band.  The younger set appreciates dancing and there are genres of music that incorporate a particular mode of dancing to accompany it.  Bossa Nova is one of the grander ones.

Eliane Elias grew up in the heart of Bossa Nova of the ‘60s and her voice gives proof to that.  Not only is her cover of “The Girl from Ipanema” a convincing pleasure, she lends her stylish vocals to 13 others including the popular Gershwin staple, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”  She also applies Bossa Nova magic to a Stevie Wonder tune, “Superwoman.”  And to hear the harmonica of Toots Thielemans spice up the middle section of “Estate (Summer)” is a rare treat indeed.

The music of Bossa Nova Stories is sexy, sleek, and rewarding.  I thoroughly enjoyed this step back into the past that was introduced to me by the popularity of “The Girl from Ipanema” back when I first heard it on AM radio.  It is equally as refreshing now hearing Eliane Elias give me an hour’s worth of soft, gauzy Bossa Nova greatness to lose myself within.

Highly recommended!!









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