Cassandra Wilson & Eliane Elias
Elias had grown up studying classical piano, transcribed solos by Art Tatum and Bud Powell to teach herself jazz, and soaked up the Brazilian music that was the heartbeat of life in the huge city of Sao Paolo. In fact, she's said that after growing up in Sao Paolo, New York City looked small to her.
In her early 20s, Eliane moved to the United States, where she came to jazz fans' attention as the pianist in the Brecker Brothers' very hip new band, Steps Ahead. Eliane has mingled jazz and samba, piano and vocal, English and Portuguese, ever since. On this JazzSet, she is at the 2005 Tanglewood Jazz Festival with Marc Johnson, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums; Ruben De la Corte, guitar. Eliane's performance follows on the release of her CD, Dreamer.
Glamoured is the Gaelic word for being "whisked away." Cassandra says it conveys the enchanted sense of reverie she felt while recording her CD Glamoured in her hometown of Jackson, Miss. Cassandra says that down south, "Musicians have to be able to play in different contexts. They have to play jazz, and integrate the blues, and they have to know country. And the lines are kinda blurry sometimes."
She moves with ease from Bob Dylan to Patsy Cline (composer Willie Nelson) to Sting, and her musicians keep things real sparse around Cassandra's gorgeous alto. They are Brandon Ross on guitars, Gregoire Maret on harmonica, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, and Jeffrey Haynes on percussion.
CASSANDRA WILSON ON NPR
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