Two years after seducing fans with her GRAMMY®-winning Made in Brazil (Best Latin Jazz Album), the internationally acclaimed pianist, singer, composer and arranger Eliane Elias returns with the ebullient Dance of Time.
The former disc commemorated a homecoming for her; it was the first time she recorded in her native country of Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981. JazzTimes magazine praised Made in Brazil as "a warm embrace,” while Jazziz magazine wrote, "Surrounded by Brazilian-bred luminaries, Elias brilliantly captures the complexities of human emotions in a seamless display that reconciles past and present, loss and fulfillment, melancholy and bliss, all while celebrating her homecoming.”
Dance of Time, like its predecessor, was recorded in Brazil. "Recording in Brazil was such a high,” explains Elias as to why she returned to the country. But thematically, Dance of Time is its own beautiful beast. Whereas Made in Brazil was a tantalizing toast to three generations of Brazilian composers, Dance of Time’s themes are multifold.
With the presence of extraordinary guests including pianist Amilton Godoy plus singer-songwriting guitarists João Bosco and Toquinho—from Brazil—along with trumpeter Randy Brecker, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and singer Mark Kibble—from the United States, Dance of Time celebrates certain people who were integral in Elias’ early artistic journey in both Brazil and the U.S. "I wanted to include musicians who were very important in the start of my career,” Elias says. "Dance of Time represents the spectrum of my career from the very beginning until now.”
Dance of Time also applauds the samba, a genre originating from Bahia, via Africa. Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the first samba ever recorded and registered, "Pelo Telefone.” "Samba is the most authentic and contagious dance rhythm of Brazil, and there is no better place in the world to capture this music. I just had to be in Brazil to make Dance of Time.”
With all its multiple reference points, Elias sees Dance of Time as her way of acknowledging various people and influences who informed and continue to inspire her music. And as stated before, she uses this new album as her personal salute to samba. "If you were to slow down the samba, you could get to some very beautiful, heartfelt lyricism,” she says. "Most people dance to samba music while caught up in the intoxicating rhythm, but one can also dive deeper into the lyrical, harmonic and melodic aspects of the music as well. Elias’ Dance of Time exudes beauty and joy as it moves in rhythm to the beat of her universe. Says Elias, "I wish for the listener to feel the happiness I felt when making this album and hope to bring some joy and beauty into their world.”