Eliane Elias piano duo album Mirror Mirror: a must for the autumn

A heads up dear readers to a big highlight of the early autumn with the release of piano-duo album Mirror Mirror featuring the great Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias in duo with US jazz icon Chick Corea, who sadly died earlier this year, alternating …

Published: 23 Aug 2021. Updated: 20 days.

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A heads up dear readers to a big highlight of the early autumn with the release of piano-duo album Mirror Mirror featuring the great Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias in duo with US jazz icon Chick Corea, who sadly died earlier this year, alternating with Cuban titan Chucho Valdés.

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We listened to Mirror Mirror earlier and it's stunning simple as that. Elias' first piano-only recording since 1994’s Solos and Duets, the new album, out on the reborn Candid label, was recorded in studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn with Chick on four tracks, Chucho on three. Eliane produced the record with her husband bassist Marc Johnson and Johnson's fellow bassist the Methenyian erstwhile Impossible Gentleman, Steve Rodby.

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Tracks are: 'Armando's Rhumba' (with Chick Corea); 'Esta Tarde Vi Llover' (with Chucho Valdés); 'Blue Bossa' (with Chick); 'Corazon Partio' (with Chucho); 'Mirror Mirror' (with Chick); 'Sabor A Mi' (with Chucho); and 'There Will Never Be Another You' (with Chick). Release date is 10 September. Eliane Elias with Chick Corea, top, and Chucho Valdés, above

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Kevin Sun, Du Yi's Choir, Endectomorph ****

Quotation of the day, blog of the day, track of the day, sheng of the day: phew, all of the above. First things first the quotation: "Finally, a jazz tribute album that doesn't try to put arms on the Venus de Milo". Now that's a quote for the …

Published: 23 Aug 2021. Updated: 26 days.

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Quotation of the day, blog of the day, track of the day, sheng of the day: phew, all of the above. First things first the quotation: "Finally, a jazz tribute album that doesn't try to put arms on the Venus de Milo". Now that's a quote for the ages. That takes us to the blog of the day from which the quip is drawn the Jay Harvey Upstage blog which is excellent on Kevin Sun's <3 Bird. Track of the day has to be 'Du Yi's Choir' with Sun switching to the sheng (a Chinese mouth-blown reed instrument equipped with upright pipes). Jay Harvey Upstage, ah the art-of-the-blog cutting to the chase, comments "'Dewey Square'" is punningly reconceived as 'Du Yi's Choir,' and Sun picks up on his own heritage by turning for the only time on the disc to the sheng.'' Kevin kindly guest blogged for marlbank a few years ago. You can read that piece here. Also catch up on (Un) Seaworthy from last year here. We're big fans of the saxist and on this new record to be released later this week he excels himself all over again Birding it up all so ingeniously.

Kevin Sun photo via Endectomorph on Bandcamp