Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
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That annoying little buzz . . .
Michael G. Bruce | Lanham, MD United States | 03/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Elias' strength here--as in all her albums--is her keyboard work; very few match her command of the instrument, her intensity, fluency and arranging of the Jobim songbook. Notwithstanding the superb blending with her accompanists, her vocals are the most disappointing. Were this a purely instrumental CD, this would be an easy A+. Sounding more tentative than confident, the vocals are barely audible, and at times, incoherent, making this a frustrating listen for me--like the gnats that ruin an otherwise marvelous summer picnic, I keep swatting at the vocals! The two exceptions being the guitar/vocal interplay with Castro-Neves on "Falando de Amor" and "One Note Samba." Otherwise, musicianship is what carries the album: fine accompaniment, great arrangements, forgettable vocals!"
Pianist? YES! Singer? --HARDLY!
W. Gawlas | pittsburgh | 10/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
Whoever told Ms. Elias that she should sing MUST have been pulling
her lovely leg. While no one who knows music, esp. jazz, would
question her instrumental chops, singing should be left to those
whose years of training and dues-paying performance work has
resulted in audience-worthy renditions of great and memorable
Hasn't anyone noticed that the American Idol wannabe's, when they
flunk their auditions, will argue tooth-and-nail that they are
"great singers"? They don't have the talent to become recorded
singers. Neither does Ms. Elias, despite her pianistic expertise."
Nicholas Robinson | Montreal | 06/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Elaine Elias redoes Jobim SO WELL. Just the thing to play when you're a bit down or having dinner with your baby, and every song sounds fresh every time you play it. And the piano playing is sublime.
GET THIS ALBUM."