With an official U.S. release date set for Jan. 13, 2009, the album "celebrates 50 years of one of the world's most instantly recognized musical traditions and pays homage to the genre's forerunners - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Joao Donato along with classic American composers George Gershwin and Johnny Mercer, whose songs are rearranged in the bossa nova tradition."
Already an international hit, Bossa Nova Stories debuted at #1 on the French charts and was named #1 Vocal Album by Japan's Swing Journal in August of this year.
An Oct. 22 press release offers a sneak preview of what fans of Elias, and the bossa nova genre, can expect:
In celebration of the silver anniversary, The Sao Paulo-born/New York-based vocalist/pianist Eliane Elias lovingly pays tribute to the music of her homeland with Bossa Nova Stories, a sublime 14-tune collection that captures the cool and alluring spirit of bossa nova. It's the 21st recording of her career and the follow-up to the acclaimed Something for You: Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans that was released earlier this year on Blue Note Records.
Bossa Nova Stories is the first 2009 Blue Note release, officially launching the label's 70th anniversary year. Elias, along with singer Dianne Reeves, are the longest standing veteran Blue Note artists since the label was reactivated in 1984.
Eliane's singing, integrated with her piano, makes her a unique interpreter of melody and song. On Bossa Nova Stories, her vocal delivery is a marvel of rhythmic freedom, swinging beautifully and wonderfully integrated with the syncopations of her piano, or in counterpoint to the rhythm of the guitar.
For this recording, Elias leads a top-notch band, all of whom are steeped in the bossa nova tradition, including guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, drummer Paulo Braga and bassist Marc Johnson. Guests include harmonica legend Toots Thielemans, Brazilian post-bossa singer/songwriter Ivan Lins and up and coming guitarist Ricardo Vogt.
The Bossa Nova Stories song list includes:
The Girl From Ipanema
Chega de Saudade
The More I See You
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Day In Day Out
I'm Not Alone
Too Marvelous For Words
A Ra (The Frog)
Day by Day
Elias is an internationally-celebrated musician with more than 20 albums under her belt. The multiple-Grammy nominee continues to tour the globe. Upcoming 2008 dates include:
October 25 2008 - Barcelona, Spain
November 4 2008 - Osaka Symphony Hall, Japan
November 5 2008 - Sapporo Doshin Hall, Sapporo, Japan
November 7 2008 - Blue Note Nagoya, Japan
November 8 2008 - Shiminkaikan ,Yaizu, Japan
November 9 2008 - Tokyo Youport Hall
November 21 2008 - Valencia, Spain
November 22 2008 - Granada, Spain
December 4 2008 - Kennedy Center - NPR recording, Washington DC
December 12 2008 - Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami, USA with Oscar Castro-Neves and Ivan Lins
She will welcome the new year in the Big Apple with a Jan. 6-11 engagement at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Jazz At Lincoln Center.
For further information, visit www.elianeelias.com.