Lots of Love From Elias

Until now, Eliane Elias Sings Jobim and Three Americas were the high points of Brazilian-born pianist/singer Eliane Elias' impressive oeuvre — each adding a layer of sonic texture and sophistication to the previous work's accomplishment in a way that left listeners stating emphatically "this is her best album yet."

But she finally has arrived on Everything I Love, and those tempted to write Elias off as just another pretty face — as if grooming dictated form and content — will have to respect her composing and arranging skills, as evidenced by the 13 songs on the album.

Elias is blessed with much talent and charisma, and she knows how to pick her sidemen, too. Bassists Christian McBride and Marc Johnson, guitarist Rodney Jones and alternating drummers Carl Allen and Jack DeJohnette create a solid, swinging platform for Elias' romantic, virtuosic piano journeys.

The recording explores everything from George Gershwin's "Blah, Blah, Blah" (RealAudio excerpt) to Elias' "Bowing to Bud" (RealAudio excerpt), a compelling tribute to Bud Powell. The most tender moments come on Elias' vocal rendering of "I Fall in Love Too Easily" (RealAudio excerpt) and the ruminative "That's All It Was."