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Now based in New York, Eliane Elias was born in Sao Paolo and grew up as a child prodigy on the piano during the 60's when Bossa Nova was conquering the world. Following the critically acclaimed Blue Note album "Eliane Sings and Plays Bill Evans" and 2 sold out shows at London's famed Ronnie Scott's in May, this album is a collection of Bossa Nova classics and bossa interpretations of some other classic songs performed with an all-star band of completely new recordings. Eliane is simply one of the world's great jazz pianists and her voice suits the Bossa Nova style perfectly. She is now one of the foremost interpreters of this style of music and this album is one of the best and most sought-after from the whole range of 50th anniversary releases this year.


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  4. They Can't Take That Away From Me 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  6. Estate (Summer) 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Day In Day Out 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. I'm Not Alone (Who Loves You?) 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Too Marvelous For Words 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B0019M06JS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By G Mojay on August 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The music of Eliane Elias is deeply harmonic and sensual. At its heart is utterly superb jazz piano - rhythmic, gently propulsive and essentially (though not overtly) Brazilian. Elias infuses her sonorous, vibrant playing with some pleasingly melodic, whispery-delicate vocals - always pitch-perfectly complementing her sumptuous piano verve.

'Bossa Nova Stories' combines loving interpretations of Brazilian jazz classics with some popular American standards, all quality-assured by the formidable rhythm section of top-level bassist Marc Johnson (her husband) and percussionist Paulo Braga. About half the tracks are enriched by subtle orchestral arrangements conducted by Rob Mathes - reminiscent to me of those that embellish Diana Krall's 'The Look of Love'.

'Bossa Nova Stories' is essential listening to all who like, or certainly who love, Brazilian jazz. Track no 6, 'Estate (Summer'), can only be described as sublime - one of the most exquisite of jazz-samba melodies taken assuredly by Elias to a new level with the help of Toot Thieleman's passionate, playful harmonica. Further album standouts include 'Girl from Ipanema', 'Desafinado', 'Superwoman' and 'Rã (The Frog)'.

The album may not be as accomplished in jazz terms as the powerful 'Paulistana' or as innovative as the highly recommended 'Kissed by Nature', which comprises some wonderful Elias originals. Yet as an uplifting virtuoso homage to Brazilian jazz, 'Bossa Nova Stories' is a wise investment in complete musical enjoyment.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on April 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"I grew up in Sao Paulo in the 60s hearing the Bossa Nova. It was all around us. This was the popular music of our day, with its infectious rhythm and poetic lyrics; romantic, cool, jazzy, sensuous, sublime. I lived and breathed this music. It's in my DNA." ~ Eliane Elias ~

I have enjoyed Bossa Nova music as far back as I can remember. How I love its enthralling sounds. About four years ago, while I was searching at Amazon.com for some new Bossa Nova albums that would appeal to my ears, I came across Dreamer and after listening to snippets, I was pleased with what I heard and immediately placed my order on "one-click." And that was my first exposure to Eliane Elias. That album triggered me to explore her discography and have since added to my collection Brazilian Classics, Sings Jobim, Something for You: Eliane Elias Sings & Plays Bill Evans and of late this remarkable album, "Bossa Nova Stories."

The album contains a mix of seven Brazilian songs, five standards from the Great American Songbook, a beautiful Italian song "Estate" which features the exquisite harmonica playing of a great musician Toots Thielemans, and a Stevie Wonder song "Superwoman." The entire album delights the listeners not only with her cool and smooth vocals, but her pianistic flair on Steinway as well.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Al Au on January 13, 2009
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After Something For You, the very nice tribute album to Bill Evans, Eliane Elias releases Bossa Nova Stories, another all-singing album resembling the concept of Dreamer (actually Dreamer contains a very touching instrumental version of A House Is Not A Home as the closing track). Not all the tracks are Bossa Nova tunes but they are interpreted in such a style.

Her singing is surely in top form, but the music lacks the magic slightly as compared to Dreamer. One of the reasons may be that the jazz trio element has been suppressed. Meanwhile, Elaine Elias' idiosyncratic "Merry-Go-Round" type solo lines are mostly missing. While she redoes a number of Jobim tunes in this album, the results are not as tasteful as her previous attempts. Take Chega de Saudade for example, the treatment is much fresher in her earlier album Three Americas.

Listeners who would like to experience the best singing of Eliane Elias, I strongly recommend Dreamer (check comments from the Amazon reviewers), Kiss of Nature (her best album so far in my opinion), Eliane Elias Sings Jobim, and Three Americas. I give 5 stars to all of these albums. Despite saying that, the present album is at most 10% off to her best work. My rating is still rounded up to 5 stars.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jinkyu on January 13, 2009
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Eliane Elias is my favorite jazz artist, but I almost did not buy this CD. Although "The Girl from Ipanema," "Chega de Saudade," and "Desafinado" are all classics, I have been there enough times, including with her. Also, she offered no original compositions. Still, aside from Stevie Wonder's "Superwoman," the rest of the music was unfamiliar to me, including four other Brazilian numbers, and I decided to check it out.

As in some of Eliane's other recent CDs, there is orchestral backing, here on half of the tracks, including "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Desafinado." The orchestral sweeps combined with other good musicianship make "Girl" one of the best versions I have heard; Eliane, with her richer, warmer voice, sings it better than Astrud Gilberto. Both "Desafinado" and "Chega de Saudade" are also performed nicely. But the best track is "Estate," of Martino and Brighetti, two Italian Brunos. It has a gorgeous texture complemented by Toots Thielemans' soul-searching harmonica (Toots also toots his horn a la Stevie in "Superwoman"). "Estate" would have fit into the texture of Eliane's CD "Dreamer" and been the stickout there as well.

For the rest, things are not quite so great. As always, Elaine's singing and technical proficiency on the piano do not slip from the mark. However, the inclusion of five old-line popular American songs (from George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and some lesser known folks) brings into question the validity of the CD's title, "Bossa Nova Stories." I am aware that this sort of music contributed to the development of bossa nova. However, I desire original and modern, sultry and exotic, from Eliane, in contrast to the "happy" but plain older-line songs. Granted "Dreamer" had some popular stuff, but the U.S.
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