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I Thought About You

by Bill Biss
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Tuesday May 28, 2013
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Elaine Elias takes the bossa nova beat back once more to the influential jazz rhythms laid down in a uber-cool styling with "I Thought About You (A Tribute to Chet Baker)" The recordings are a tour-de-force effort with Elias paying tribute to a noted and legendary West Coast trumpet player, Baker who swings into the stylish and subtle sways of any song he performed. Elias with her beautiful sense of timing and emotive qualities captures the very essence of this music with her openness and true sense of delivery. She has managed to pick selections which are the very finest from his up-tempo playing to his magnetic ballad work.

Elaine Elias worked on "I Thought About You (A Tribute to Chet Baker) with other noted musicians who exude the same powerful groove with their talent as Chet Baker. Artists Marc Johnson on bass and Victor Lewis on drums individually and together add just the right instinctive touches. Both men are known for their artistry with the Stan Getz unit. The effect of all these musicians together creates a very distinct and creatively original take on known classics from the American Songbook. Songs created here to bring alive the vivid emotion and skilled songwriting that have lasted and remained in musical consciousness all these years.

Whether it is the sorrow-tinged grace of "You Don’t Know What Love Is" or the kittenish allure of the Gershwin gem "Embraceable You," and "Girl Talk" Elaine Elias, a true native of San Paulo, Brazil exudes sensuality, sadness, joy and sophisticated know-how in any language as she proves beyond a doubt. Having the opportunity for her to present these songs in English and in her own way makes the flavor truly international yet also as American as apple pie with that seasoning of cinnamon in the unmistakable qualities of her voice. Expect the unexpected for a rewarding discovery of her take on breathing new life into each and every priceless creation from geniuses such as Cole Porter, Frank Loesser or Rogers and Hart. Elaine’s tribute to Chet Baker succeeds on every level.

Elaine Elias
"I Thought About You (A Tribute to Chet Baker)
Concord Music Group

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