Eliane Elias Celebrates Samba With 'Sambou Sambou': Exclusive Premiere

Eliane Elias
Philppe Salomon

Eliane Elias

Billboard kicks off Carnival with an exclusive premiere of a track from the Brazilian jazz pianist and singer’s upcoming album.

Eliane Elias’ new album Dance of Time celebrates the centennial of  samba -- and the rhythm of Brazilian carnival.

“Samba is the most authentic and contagious dance rhythm of Brazil,” says the celebrated jazz pianist and singer. “And there is no better place in the world to capture this music. I just had to be in Brazil to make Dance of Time."

Elias first made her name on the Manhattan jazz scene as a piano prodigy three decades ago and still lives in New York. She first traveled back to a Brazilian recording studio to make her last album, 2015’s Grammy-winning Made in Brazil.

She was pulled back again by the 100th anniversary of the samba, marked by the recording of the song “Pelo Telefone.”

Dance of Time, set for release March 24 on Concord Jazz, features esteemed Brazilian musicians including João Bosco and Toquinho, both known for their personal takes on bossa nova and other styles. 

Elias, a Sao Paulo native better known for performing in clubs and concert halls than shaking it on the streets, brings her cosmopolitan flair and her innate Brazilian groove to classics including “Samba de Orly” and “Copacabana,” as well as the Frank Sinatra standard “You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me.”

Just in time for Carnival, which starts Friday (Feb. 24) in Brazil, Billboard premieres a first track from the album: Elias’ swinging recording of the track “Sambou Sambou,” an ode to the samba by João Donato.

Listen (and dance) here: