Brigas Nunca Mais
Label: Blue Note Records
Eliane Elias shows the strong cultural ties and stylistic bonds between the music of North and South America on this 1996 set. Elias plays bossa nova and Brazilian jazz, and does an Argentinean tango ("Chorango") and Manhattan post-bop ("O Guarani" is a real beauty). Elias is a brilliant pianist, and she also knows how to use her (admittedly) limited but sensual voice to her advantage. Her husband, Marc Johnson, plays bass while guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves and flutist Dave Valentin make guest appearances.