Eliane Elias – I Thought About You: A Tribute To Chet Baker (2013)

Artist: Eliane Elias
Title: I Thought About You: A Tribute To Chet Baker
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Concord Records
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 54:48 min
Total Size: 121 MB

01.I Thought About You
02. There Will Never Be Another You
03. This Can’t Be Love
04. Embraceable You
05. That Old Feeling
06. Everything Depends On You
07. I’ve Never Been In Love Before
08. Let’s Get Lost
09. You Don’t What Love Is
10. Blue Room
11. Just Friends
12. Girl Talk
13. Just In Time
14. I Get Along Without You Very Well

It is tempting to consider Chet Baker hommages like Jeff Baker’s excellent Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004) or John Proulx’s sublime Baker’s dozen: Remembering Chet Baker (MAXJAZZ, 2009) superior to the real item. So fractured is our picture of Baker that our full appreciation of him is clouded by his extra-musical proclivities. But it is not exactly that. Baker’s vibratoless trumpet and vocals, as well as, his limited technical abilities are acquired tastes, but once acquired are generally rewarding to the listener.

It is not simply one thing, but the whole package that is Chet Baker. What better legacy to leave than a constant recapitulation of your famous book every-so-many years. Today’s vintage homage is pianist/vocalist Eliane Elias’ I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker. Elias’ reputation rests on her superior pianism, and beginning in 1990 with Eliane Elias Sings Jobim (Blue Note), her smooth, cool and perfectly nondescript vocals, which prove sonically and stylistically well suited for the Baker repertoire. Like Proulx, Elias sings her Baker straight and uncomplicated, highlighting Baker’s own emotionally frozen though thoroughly attractive delivery. The result captures Baker’s dark and hiply sardonic singing personality. What Elias brings to the table is the breezy lilt of a Brazilian accent that increases the disc’s sensuality to eleven on a scale of ten. «I Thought About You» and «Let’s Get Lost» are like lovers’ lips brushing one another. Elias is supported by a grand cast that includes trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarists Oscar Castro-Neves and Steve Cardenas. They provide, with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Victor Lewis that humid Caribbean infusion that colors every song. Is Chet Baker best experienced through other artists?~C.Michael Bailey

Personnel: Eliane Elias: vocals, piano; Marc Johnson: acoustic bass; Steve Cardenas: electric guitar; Randy Brecker: trumpet, flugelhorn; Oscar Castro-Neves: acoustic guitar: Victor Lewis: drums; Rafael Barata: drums; Marivaldo Dos Santos: percussion.

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