Luscious and dreamy, pianist/composer/ singer Eliane Elias' first album on Bluebird Jazz is a collection of original tracks on which Elias mixes her straight-ahead jazz improvisations with a wide rang

Luscious and dreamy, pianist/composer/ singer Eliane Elias' first album on Bluebird Jazz is a collection of original tracks on which Elias mixes her straight-ahead jazz improvisations with a wide range of Brazilian influences. Elias, known best as a pianist, also sings here—her voice subtle and husky in the title track, a slow, jazzy bossa that's also recorded in a more upbeat/electronic-driven remix produced by Brazilian ensemble BossaCucaNova. The overall mood of Kissed is one of subdued beauty, expressive melodic lines, and very integrated (rather than solo-driven) ensemble work between piano, bass, and drums/percussion. Elias has included horns in a few tracks, but even these are more for harmonic and atmospheric effect, especially in the ambience-setting "October," which contrasts with the more clean-cut "September." For those who heard Elias on the Calle 45 soundtrack, this is a most reflective—and lovely—departure.—LC

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