Eliane Elias: The Three Americas
This time, she has expanded her format, both in terms of performing with a larger ensemble and in terms of absorbing musical influences from throughout North, South, and Central America, as the CD title implies. For example, Gil Goldstein plays accordian on "Chorango," recalling a tango from Argentina, and flutist Dave Valentin lends his Puerto Rican heritage to several others. Oscar Castro-Neves guests on acoustic guitar on a pair of Antonio Carlos Jobim-Vinicius de Moraes tunes. All of the other tunes save one are Elias originals.
What makes this album a success is that Elias is able to combine these various influences into a remarkably cohesive whole. The program is consistently passionate and enjoyable.
Record Label: Blue Note Records