Eliane Correa video debut connects Afro-Cuban jazz and neo-soul
by Andrew Mason
Latina pianist, composer, and bandleader Eliane Correa, a product of the disparate environments of Havana, Buenos Aries, Barcelona, and London, is twenty-seven years old and wants to take the musical traditions of her upbringing in new directions. “The way traditional Cuban jazz and Latin jazz have been shaped,” she says “we’re trying to break that mold and go somewhere new.” Her debut album, Rumba con Flores, will be released on February 19 via the Movimientos record label, and was recorded in Havana and London. All told, over thirty musicians collaborated with the bandleader and arranger to flesh out compositions written, in their entirety, by Correa. Players on the record include Graeme Flowers (Kylie Minogue, Moloko, Imelda May), drummers Ernesto Simpson (Richard Bona, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba) and Michel Castellanos, and saxophonist Roberto Manzin (Laura Mvula, Alejandro Sanz). With an obvious devotion to jazz and the Afro-Cuban tradition, combined with Correa’s love of contemporary neo-soul, R&B, and urban Latin music, early reviews of the album have drawn unlikely but judicious statements comparing her sound to “Jill Scott meets Los Van Van.”
Wax Poetics invites readers to decide if the description is apt, as we premier an exclusive video shot recently in a quiet Barcelona backyard, featuring Correa on keyboards, along with singers Binisa Bonner and Yasmeen Quintana, performing a stripped-down version of Correa’s new single “Aftertaste.”
Readers in London will have a chance to see Correa and her ten-piece band in person at the Jazz Café on January 31.
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