The Three Americas
 : The Three Americas

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by: Eliane Elias

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0724385332821
Item Dimensions: 4555021494
Label: Blue Note Records
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Blue Note Records
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Blue Note Records
Release Date: July 01, 1997
Studio: Blue Note Records

Disc 1:
  1. An Up Dawn
  2. The Time Is Now
  3. Caipora
  4. Chorango
  5. Chega De Saudade
  6. Crystal And Lace
  7. Brigas Nunca Mais
  8. Inroduction To Guarani
  9. O Guarani
  10. Jungle Journey
  11. Missing You
  12. Jumping Fox
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Editorial Review:
Eliane Elias lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, until she was 20 and has lived in New York City ever since. The 37-year-old jazz pianist has often combined Brazilian bossa nova and North American swing with appealing results, but now she has added Cuban songo, Argentine tango, and Puerto Rican guaracha for a broader look at Western Hemisphere music on an album aptly titled "The Three Americas." The disc fails to capture Latin rhythms at their most fervid, or jazz improvisation at its most ambitious, but it does combine elements of both into a bouncy, melodic music that should be readily accessible to almost any listener.

Elias has a light but agile touch at the keyboard, and, if this undermines the percussive aspects of the instrument, it also assists the fluidity of her harmonic imagination. She accompanies her piano lines with scat vocals on several numbers, but when she attempts a lead vocal on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Brigas Nunca Mais," the results are underwhelming. She's much better off on original instrumentals such as "The Time Is Now" and "Caipora," where the Cuban and Brazilian rhythms percolated by percussionists Manolo Badrena and Café create a musical surf that she and flutist Dave Valentin can ride. Best of all is her stirring tribute to Astor Piazzolla on the tango "Chorango," which features Gil Goldstein on accordion. --Geoffrey Himes

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