Eliane Elias has had a career peppered with success. She’s recorded for major labels like Blue Note, RCA, RCA Bluebird, and ECM. She’s been nominated for many awards and won quite a few. Now she records for Concord, and Made In Brazil, which streets on March 31, is her third album for that label. It’s a masterpiece and proof that Elias is the best Brazilian vocalist in the world. Her voice has darkened beautifully to become a perfect instrument. Always sure of pitch and having an innate sense of rhythm, she’s an effortless performer; her singing seems as natural as breathing. But it doesn’t stop there – Elias is also a pianist of considerable merit, writes appealing and significant songs, and pens just-right arrangements.
For Made in Brazil, Elias has surround herself with magnificent talent. Take 6 contributes sumptuous vocals to a stunning version of Jobim’s “Aguas de Marco,” while its lead singer, Mark Kibble, also adds his talent to “Incendiando” and the playful “Driving Ambition,” both with music by Elias and lyrics from Elias and her husband, bass player Marc Johnson. Roberto Menescal adds vocals and guitar to two of his compositions – “Voce” and “Rio.” Though all of the vocals and instrumentals were recorded in Brazil (a first for Elias since she moved to the United States), strings were added from a session in London . The mix of all this talent by Pete Karam is masterful. The sound is warm and lush but important details always emerge with great accuracy and no strain. Eliane Elias has been nominated 5 times for a Grammy award. Listen to Made in Brazil and you’ll hear another nomination knocking on the door.