Jazzed up bossa nova beat
A native of São Paulo, Brazil, pianist, composer and singer Elaine Elias now lives in New York. She grew up learning the traditional music of her homeland, samba and bossa nova, but also has an affinity for American jazz. On her latest release, Bossa Nova Stories, this world class jazz pianist also uses her voice as an instrument, utilizing soft-spoken, breathy vocals that hint of the sensual emotions underlying bossa nova style. Elias is backed by two bossa founders, guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves and Paulo Braga on drums. She offers fresh interpretations on old bossa favorites such as Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Desafinado, and weaves bossa threads into Gershwin’s They Can’t Take That Away From Me. A special and fitting tribute to bossa nova’s 50th birthday.