Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Around The City has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by hank3283
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Daily shipment via USPS 1st class with tracking. Most of these discs are scratch free, but there may be very minor scratches on some of the disc(s). There is(are) a mark(s) from the previous owner on the disc(s) and/or packaging (including cover art and liner notes.)
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Around The City

3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, February 11, 2011
"Please retry"
$11.98
$11.15 $0.14
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.
CD-R Note: This product is manufactured on demand when ordered from Amazon.com. [Learn more]

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream millions of songs FREE with Amazon Prime. Start your free trial.
$11.98 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Around The City
  • +
  • Made In Brazil
  • +
  • I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker)
Total price: $35.13
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Around The City by Eliane Elias

When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.

Amazon.com

Pianist Eliane Elias goes from bop and Bach to bossa nova just as easily as she sings in English and Portuguese. This CD is the sequel to her 2004 recording, Dreamer, and it features bassist Marc Johnson, guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, flutist Dave Valentin, and trumpeter Randy Brecker. The 13 selections are iPod-ready, techno-textured tunes, including the hip and hypnotic "Running"--which was recently featured on the television show Brothers and Sisters--the upbeat, Top 40-type number, "We’re So Good," and the flamenco-flavored "Slide Show." But Elias's engaging renditions of several pop classics steal the show. The Santana/Tito Puente Latin masterpiece, "Oye Como Va," features her sly, new lyrics and her zesty, Fender Rhodes solo. Bob Marley's "Jammin'" is a resyncopated, electro-samba, and Beck's "Tropicalia" swings with Rio-born, soft syncopations. So it's no wonder that this Calle 54-featured, soulful South American can cross over into smooth jazz with ease and integrity. --Eugene Holley Jr.
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
3:50
Play in Library $0.99
 
2
30
4:15
Play in Library $0.99
 
3
30
4:30
Play in Library $0.99
 
4
30
5:31
Play in Library $0.99
 
5
30
4:17
Play in Library $0.99
 
6
30
4:43
Play in Library $0.99
 
7
30
4:23
Play in Library $0.99
 
8
30
4:18
Play in Library $0.99
 
9
30
3:03
Play in Library $0.99
 
10
30
4:00
Play in Library $0.99
 
11
30
3:08
Play in Library $0.99
 
12
30
4:59
Play in Library $0.99
 
13
30
2:35
Play in Library $0.99
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bluebird
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • ASIN: B000FQJP1O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Eliane Elias Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having own Elias' 2004 LP "Dreamer", I too was surprised at the musical shift on this LP.

However, the question here is not rather or not it fits the narrow-minded view of jazz purists, but is a good LP? Here the answer is yes.

While the title track & "Oye Como Va" may have to grow on me, the rest of the CD is great. Try listening to "Running" or her version of Bob Marley's "Jamming" without moving your head or getting up to dance.

Elaine is also writing more, as she wrote or co-wrote many of the songs on this disc. She's still showing off her chows as a jazz pianist & there's still lots of brazilian jazz/bossa nova present (& even flamenco-favors with "Slide Show").

Bottom line, the purists should go elsewhere if they want nothing but standards, but the rest of us will enjoy this disc.
1 Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Updated May 8, 2007

Breaking boundaries doesn't by itself automatically equate with true innovation or quality.

The fields of jazz are littered with failed attempts to break boundaries. The reason we don't hear them that often is that they've been buried in the cosmic bit bucket where they belong. After all, when was the last time you heard the Duke Ellington and Count Basie tributes to the Beatles? Or Stan Getz playing "Marrakesh Express." Or, for that matter, Paul McCartney as a symphonist. Indisputably great artists making ill-advised choices in an attempt to widen their audiences, or to be taken more seriously, or whatever.

There's no question that Eliane is breaking out and exploring new avenues on this album. Some of the reviewers have made the dubious claim that because it's different, it's automatically better. They also make the claim that the reason her loyal fans hate it is because they're just old squares who can't keep up with an artist who's outgrowing them.

The thing is, in order for the new stuff to be an improvement, it would actually have to BE better.

Some of the stuff that Eliane sings and plays on this album is just junk, most notably the title cut. Some of the album is quite good.

To separate the good from the bad, you simply have to perform the 'Lester Test.' Look at the liner notes, and wherever you see the name Lester Mendez, that cut's probably bad. Wherever his name is missing, that cut's probably good.

The 'Lester' tunes are all reaching for pop breakthrough, mostly at the expense of those things that make Eliane great. It's as though she checked her own judgment (which is impeccable) at the door for those sessions, and let Lester and the whole star-making pop music machinery run the show.
Read more ›
1 Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Billboard Spotlight Review
August 14, 2006

Eliane Elias - Around The City
Producers: Eliane Elias, Andres Levin, Lester Mendez
RCA Victor
Release date: Aug 22

On "Around The City", pianist Elias assigns the keys a back seat in support of her alluring, sensuous vocals sung in English and Portuguese. The Brazil-born, New York-based Elias has played the singer card before in her 18-album career, but nothing like this outing, where she delivers a spellbinding meld of pop, Brazillian and Latin music with a jazz sensibility. Her pianistic excursions arrive sporadically and deeper into the 13-song collection, including a fine run in "A Vizinha Do Lado". But upfront is where "Around The City" enraptures, beginning with the spirited original "Running", and continuing with a bossa-steeped take on Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" and later a sultry swing through Beck's "Tropicalia". Standout track: Elias' jazzy spin on Bob Marley's "Jammin'" with loops, trumpet ornamentation and a piano sprint, all girded to earth with speedy grooves by two drummers.

[...]
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
ELIAN ELIAS MAYBE BEIN MY 55 YRES INTO JAZZ AN PIANO JAZZ THE I PLAY BE HERE FAIR,THIS LADY BLOWS ME AWAY
EALIAS "AROUND THE CITY " IA SUCH A GREAT GROUP ON SONGS , LIKE ALL ELAINS CDS THEY ARE A JOY TO LISTON TO
NOT OFFEN TO THE JAZZ NUT LIKEMY SELFGET TO HEAR A GREAT VOICE AN A LADY OR FOR THAT MATTER A PIANO PALY
WITH THE STYLE THAT THIS WOMNE HAS;. I HAVE FOR MOST OF MY LIFE GOEN TO HUNDRED OF JAZZ CLUBS IN I HOPE
BEFORE "I LEAVE THE ROOM" AS THE GREAT JOHN COLTRANE SAID, I GET TO SEE THIS GREAT TALENT MS ELIAS T.REED
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
While Elias is an established musician/ pianist / keyboardist / vocalist / songwriter of a high order, one would be well-advised to casually ignore all the jazz snobs who bleat for Elias to return to playing "real jazz." A pedestrian listener such as myself can even vouch that without experimentation, fusing of different music traditions, and the need to break the bounds of what is considered "real jazz," Louis Armstrong, Bird, Miles, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor would never have happened. The drive in modern day to petrify jazz into a respectable art form has backfired and made jazz stagnant and frighteningly outdated today.

Ironically, what stodgy jazz connoisseurs regale as their iconic figure, Miles Davis, repeatedly broke the rules and courted many different music forms to make the continuum that is the heart of jazz pulse and breathe. Elaine Elias does just this. Those of us who love and listen to the so-called "hip" clubby/lounge music will truly appreciate the sonic adventure within "Around The City." Club music often samples other people's music passages into loops that- though stylish sounding- tends to entropy into banality. One has always wondered how the form could jettison in capable hands of great dexterity. Elias's reading of Bob Marley's "Jammin'" realizes this, with a momentum that sounds like a fluid updated sequel to Mile Davis's Milestone. It's fast, infectious, and reminiscent of the gyroscopic tension that Bebop was remembered for.

The track that is the pearl of the album however, is the stately "Slideshow." How wonderfully it captures what I call that Brazilian "Certain Sadness" that Astrud Gilberto's voice has come to embody. The lyrics are beautiful and the flamenco guitars and handclaps are gorgeous.
Read more ›
2 Comments 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: vinyl pop