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17 October 2007 — With her new recording Something for You: Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans, Eliane Elias marks her return to Blue Note Records, home to several of her most critically-acclaimed albums.
Something for You, while touching the essence of the late great Bill Evans, also brings her own unique gifts to the surface as a composer, interpreter, outstanding instrumentalist and beguiling vocalist as well. It is a supremely conceived and well executed album, recorded over the space of just four days, with the renowned pianist, bassist Marc Johnson (Elias” husband), and drummer Joey Baron delivering exquisite interpretations of tunes inspired by or drawn from the Evans catalog - including a couple of tunes that Evans--before his untimely demise in 1980--gave to Johnson, a treasured member of his trio. These tunes have never been recorded until now.
Every moment of Something for You radiates the sound that Elias had begun developing back in her home country of Brazil as a child, based on her unique juxtapositions of elegant phrasing, adventurous harmony and breezy swing, each element complementing the others. In this sense, this album will be no surprise to those who have learned to expect excellence from Elias as a matter of course.
Yet Evans is in this mix too, not just as one of her first and most significant influences but also as a presence that Elias allows to surface, always in the context of her own voice.
"I felt a strong connection to Bill’s music throughout every phase of this project," Elias adds, "as did Marc. But it was especially strong when we were in the studio. When the red light goes on, there are only a few moments to compose yourself and try to enter into that concentrated place where all that remains is what we hear and play together. When I find that place where I can let go and allow the emotion to pass directly from me to what you can hear on this record, that’s making my tribute to Bill in the most sincere and beautiful way that I can."
Really, it was only a matter of time that Elias would get around to making this gesture. It was important, first, to bring her talents to fruition. This mission was accomplished long ago - even in her teens, Elias was a strikingly original player - but perhaps it made sense to wait until now, with her return to Blue Note Records, which had brought her into the international jazz spotlight shortly after her arrival from Brazil in New York. With its appreciation of the traditional and contemporary aspects of jazz, this label is the perfect home for a project of such encompassing perspective.
- Something for You: Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans
- Blue Note 66775
- January 15, 2008