Eliane Elias’ Made in Brazil, scheduled for release on March 31 on Concord Jazz, marks a musical homecoming for the Grammy-nominated pianist/keyboardist/singer/
composer. In her three-decade long career as a solo artist, Made in Brazil results from the first time she’s recorded a disc in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981.
Along with co-producers Steve Rodby and Marc Johnson (her bass playing musical partner), Elias ventured ‘home’ and recruited a splendid cast of Brazilian musicians, including electric bassist Marcelo Mariano; guitarists Marcus Teixeira and Roberto Menescal; drummers Edu Ribeiro and Rafael Barata; and percussionists Mauro Refosco and Marivaldo dos Santos.
Elias peppered the sessions with special guest performances from Mark Kibble and Take 6; her singer/songwriter-daughter
Amanda Brecker; one of Brazil’s most celebrated R&B stars, Ed Motta; and the distinguished bossa nova composer Roberto Menescal. Elias also invited Rob Mathes to handle orchestral arrangements on seven of the 12 tracks, which were recorded in London at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.