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ELIANE ELIAS

LIGHT MY FIRE

2011-08-15

Singer and pianist Eliane Elias returns to her Brazilian roots on what proves to be one of her most beautiful, sensually seductive recordings that will not only please jazz purists but fans of Bossa Nova and the cool sounds of today's Brazilian sounds. The opening track sung in her native Portuguese "Rosa Morena" has a modern day Bossa-Nova sound and asks the question "Where are you going and why don't you come and join us? For the listeners who take this musical journey they will be greatly rewarded. The title track is the Doors classic that Eliane strips to its barest essentials and is one of her most seductive vocal offerings. Eliane continues to show why she is regarded as a piano master and her skills shine throughout this entire disc and really standout on the track "Isto AquiO Que E{Silver Sandal} which begins slowly and builds into a full rich sound. After building on the full piano sounds Eliane once again seduces her listeners with the Stevie Wonder classic "My Cherie Amour. The Paul Desmond, Dave Brubeck classic "Take Five" Eliane adds her vocals to one of the finest and creative interpolations ever recorded. Eliane is joined by music greats Gilberto Gil, trumpeter Randy Brecker and bassist Marc Johnson as part of a twelve piece all-star band. Eliane wrote four of her own tracks, produced and did all of the arrangements on a CD she describes as cool, sexy and fun. I could not agree more. Reviewed By: Gregg Saur

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