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2008 album from the New York-based Jazz ivory tinkler, a tribute to the legendary Bill Evans. Eliane's sonic style radiates throughout the album wither her distinctive juxtapositions of elegant phrasing, adventurous harmony and breezy swing. Subtitled Eliane Elias Sings & Plays Bill Evans, this is the perfect treat for fans of both artists. 17 tracks.

1. You And the Night And the Music
2. Here's Somethign For You
3. A Sleepin' Bee
4. But Not For Me
5. Waltz For Debby
6. Five
7. Blue In Green
8. Detour Ahead
9. Minha (All Time)
10. My Foolish Heart
11. But Beautiful/Here's That Rainy Day
12. I Love My Wife
13. For Nenette
14. Evanesque
15. Solar
16. After All
17. Here's Something For You (Inro)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000ZN958K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jinkyu on January 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Aside from her Brazilian roots, Eliane has attributed jazz pianist Bill Evans as a major influence. It also happens that her husband, bassist Marc Johnson, played with Evans in Evans' final days. The jazz played by Evans could sometimes have romantic overtones, a key part of Eliane's persona. "Something for You" is devoted to Evans and is full of songs written or performed by him. It has a good deal of fast and slower jazz, including the bebop sound, but also a good amount of romantic piano work, both interpretative and original. The first half of the CD tends toward the jazzy, the second half toward the romantic. Drummer Joey Baron has an uneven presence; also, unlike in most of Eliane's recent work, there are no other supporting musicians save for Johnson, much less an orchestra, in any of the tracks.

My dark horse favorite is Miles Davis' "Blue in Green." It is not really bebop or romantic, but has some pretty, very elegant improvisation. Recall that it was Evans who contributed the piano work on this song in Miles' classic album "Kind of Blue." Eliane's medium-paced piano is played over a slower rhythm tempo, and she does sophisticated interpretative work against the heavily horn-infused original. In addition, Eliane observes in the liner notes that it has a Brazilian feel. It touches Miles well with her own flavor, yet subtly a different sound for her. Also note that Eliane and the group honor Miles' spirit in "Solar," his other song here, with more great improvisation.

Eliane's singing is better on romantic pieces, as in all her popular ones, and it is always pretty; her accent and thicker voice can get in the way when it comes to certain slow jazz singing in English. But what the hey, she sings in her lovely Portugese in the one Brazilian song, "Minha.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Miller on January 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Remember "Bowing to Bud" and "Cross Currents"? Add a splash of "Thats All It Was"and "One Note Samba" and you get an idea of what's in this CD.You'll find great jazz and lush lyrical ballads. More jazz than Brazilian as you would expect in a homage to Bill Evans-and its all good and most of it great."But Not For Me", "Blue in Green"'\"I Love My Wife" "After All" "Evanesque" stand out. And I was especialy moved by "For Nenette".Mark Johnson stood out and was greatly responsible for the creation of this work. Kudos to Eliane and Mark! (Please come back to Harrisburg)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jazzy V. on November 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Brazilian pianist and singer Elias not only shares with the late pianist, Bill Evans, an ear for unusual harmonics, but also his last bass player, her husband, Marc Johnson.
This CD includes two previously unheard Evans tunes alongside Elias's interpretations of numbers associated with Evans and others played with an Evanesque sensibility.
The mood is restful, but there's enough variety to keep the listener hooked.
Highlights : "But Not For Me" and "For Nenette".

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on September 27, 2008
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I was not a big fan of Eliane Elias' "Dreamer," so I bought this c.d. with some trepidation. It has received really good reviews; would I be wrong to buck the tide?

As it turns out, I'm not bucking the tide. This c.d. proves a basic point: Eliane Elias is the best pianist who sings. That's not to say she's the best singer who plays piano: I'd vote for Diana Krall on that score. And it's not to say she's the best singer/pianist: I'd vote for Andy Bey, but with a special nod to Patricia Barber.

I review singers; but Eliane Elias is such a fabulous pianist here that I can't (and shouldn't) get past that point.

She has chosen to tribute Bill Evans, and I can't think of a better musician to do so. For one, she's married to Marc Johnson, who plays bass here and was Evans' last bassist (before Evans died in 1980). And as such, the c.d. ends stunningly, with a "bootleg tape" of Evans (which Mr. Johnson has been holding on to, all of these years) playing "Here is Something For You." Eliane picks up in the middle of the song where Bill ends off, and except for the recording quality sound and absence of Evans' "grunts of joy," sounds just like him.

But for two, Bill Evans is probably the most influential jazz pianist of all. Nobody played more lyrically, and nobody played chords more lyrically, than Bill Evans. And in this respect, Eliane Elias sounds just like Bill Evans. She's not derivative; you can't "copy" Bill Evans. Rather, she has captured his spirit like none other. Eliane Elias has truly channeled Bill Evans in this recording.

Take for example "Five" (Track 6). This sounds amazingly like Thelonious Monk; but where Monk would play angularly and percussively, Ms. Elias - like Mr.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Although the urgency and intensity prove elusive, Bill Evans' harmonies, voicings, and taste come through on several selections, including the title song (a previously unreleased composition by the late pianist), "Minha," "I Love My Wife," "For Nenette," "Evanesque," and Elias' own "After All." Otherwise, this is one of those smooth, relaxing, well-produced albums (increasingly rare for jazz releases by big American labels) that at times threatens to disappear into the background (ironically, a charge that Bill had to deal with through much of his career). Elias has a full and sultry singing voice along with a charming accent, but its placement (low tenor range) is not particularly well-suited to "Waltz for Debby" (the trio at least freshens it a bit by taking it in 4/4 most of the way).

Especially with Marc Johnson (Evans' last bassist) on the date, it would have been interesting to hear more of the Evans repertoire from his last 18 months ("Nardis," "Turn Out the Stars," possibly even a vocal transcription of "Your Story" entitled "My Story"). The recording concludes with a final taped segment of Evans' own playing which, as atrocious as the audio quality is, should suggest why his was an all but unapproachable talent.

On several numbers Johnson plays the bass of Scott LaFaro (who died less than a month after the seminal Village Vanguard sessions). As has been the case for the past several decades, the recorded sound of bass--while full, encompassing, and very present--tends to be lacking in "character," or "personality." It used to be easy on a blindfold test, even apart from solos, to identify the recorded sound of a Mingus, Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Sam Jones or Scotty LaFaro.
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