October 5, 2012 8:49 pm

Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias: Swept Away

This beautifully recorded, rich-toned album mingles the bustle of Manhattan with back-to-nature charms
4 stars
 

This beautifully recorded, rich-toned album mingles the bustle of Manhattan with such back-to-nature charms as “B is For Butterfly” and “When the Sun Comes Up”. Pianist Eliane Elias’s confident delivery and light touch are captured at their best, morphing lush impressionism into a late-night blues, adding Eastern-accented inflections to a Latin cruise and delivering a valedictory tribute to the late Michael Brecker – saxophonist Joe Lovano a sensitive guest. Marc Johnson’s resonant, double bass follows each shift and turn, his unaccompanied “Shenandoah” a moving finale.

Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias

Swept Away

(ECM)

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