“This recording is a tribute to Chet Baker and to cool jazz,” said Eliasin an interview with VOA’s Jazz Beat. “Chet Baker had a special way of phrasing, not only with playing but with singing as well, that had influenced the bossa nova.”
Making the connection between the cool sounds of Chet Baker and the cool sounds of the bossa nova has become a welcome trend: Last year Brazilian singer Luciana Souza released a Baker tribute, “The Book of Chet,” emphasizing how the singing trumpeter inspired the creators of bossa nova, such as João Gilberto.
Elias brings to the concept her distinctive style — both vocally and at the piano — which blends traditional Brazilian music, bossa nova, and straight-ahead jazz. The 14-track album, “I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker,” features a group of acclaimed musicians, including her husband bassist Marc Johnson, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarists Steve Cardenas and Oscar Castro-Neves, drummer Victor Lewis, and percussionist Marivaldo Dos Santos.
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