Eliane Elias Putting A New Spin On Jobim’s Chega De Saudade

by chipboaz on April 10, 2017

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When interpreting the work of a great composer or performer, there’s only one honest route for a jazz musician – internalize the piece at such at deep level that when it comes out, it is unique and personalized. The composer already performed the piece the way that they intended; we’ve heard and seen that, so it doesn’t need to be repeated. Future generations should absolutely study the composer’s original interpretation and learn the true meaning of the song – that’s where the deep understanding comes into play. Once those lessons have been internalized, a musician needs to reflect upon their vision of the song and re-shape it based upon their own perspective. That’s when a performance of a classic song gets interesting – when it traces back to the composer while telling us something new about the performer.

Pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias has spent years going through that process of deep reflection and original interpretation, providing some distinct versions of jazz and Brazilian classics. Her experience playing everything from straight ahead jazz to fusion, Brazilian music, classical music, and more, gives her plenty of interesting ways to re-contextualize classic pieces. Her takes on any music sends it realing in new directions through new arranging ideas, an addictive rhythmic drive, ferocious piano playing, and captivating vocals. Her latest album, Dance of Time, reflects upon Samba classics, once again giving Elias the opportunity to show the world how she hears Brazilian music. Today’s video finds Elias performing a Jobim classic, Chega De Saudade, and taking through a guitar-vocal duet into a swinging piano trio, and back to piano based bossa nova – a version that could only be played by Elias herself.

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