Eliane Elias – Music From Man of La Mancha (Concord Jazz, 2018)
Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias’ new album consist of unreleased pieces from the musical The Man From La Mancha, initially composed by Mitch Leigh for the Broadway production in 1964.
Eliane Elias’ Music From Man of La Mancha was originally recorded in 1995, co-produced by Elias and Leigh, but was not released due to contractual state of affairs.
Despite the play’s direct connection to Spain, there is not much visible Spanish influence in this recording. Instead, Music From Man of La Mancha has a strong Latin jazz and Brazilian essence, featuring Brazilian rhythms such as baião and samba.
Music From Man of La Mancha features Elias on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass; Jack DeJohnette on drums; Marc Johnson on bass; Satoshi Takeishi on drums; and Manolo Badrena on percussion.
On Music From Man of La Mancha, Eliane Elias created a masterfully crafted and highly expressive album, featuring outstanding performances by her colleagues and her signature piano sound with plenty of memorable moments, including the beautiful “Dulcinea.”
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.