Monday, October 06, 2008

Eliana Pittman

Eliana Pittman - Estrela É Lua Nova RGE XRLP-5.334 (1969)

Born Eliana Leite da Silva in Rio, 1945 and step-daughter to the great Saxophonist Booker Pittman. Eliana Pittman was not only a great beauty in her day but singer, actress and dancer who had an extraordinary rapport with her audiences, compared with the likes of Josephine Baker, Lena Horn and Carmen Miranda. She even hosted her own TV specials such as 'Eliana em Tom Maior', 'Positivamente Eliana' & 'Eliana Cravo e Canela'.

In 1969, Booker Pittman dies and Eliana starts to sing alone, the result is this cracking album produced by Joao Araujo, the highlight for me being a majestic cover and sublime arrangement of Tiempo de Verano (Summertime) and the incendiary Se Você Pensa. The rest of the album is varied combination of swinging Sambas, groovy Bossas and slow burning ballads.

1) Olelê... Cheguei Agora-Enxuga A Tristeza Do Olhar-Peixe Vivo-Bahia De Todos Os Deuses-Pra Que Dinheiro
2) Que Maravilha
3) Tiempo De Verano
4) Estrela É Lua Nova
5) Fim De Tarde
6) Viva A Vida!
7) Na Baixa Do Sapateiro
8) Se Você Pensa
9) Vou Morrer De Rir
10) E Você Nem Viu
11) Iá Ia Do Cais Dourado

The self-titled Argentine Fermata release of this LP the following year featured an additional track 'El Globo Rojo' or 'The Red Balloon'.


Quimsy said...

frank-oliver said...

Hello quimsy,

thank you for this rare Eliana Pittman album. As far as I know, Eliana Pittman was the stepdaughter of American Jazz Saxophone player Booker Pittman who lived a long time in Brazil and married Eliana`s mother.
Their greatest album together was
Eliana and Booker Pittman-News from Brazil, Bossa Nova from 1963
including the participation of Tamba Trio. This album can be found
at Loronix, together with more solo LP`s by Eliana.

Quimsy said...


My mistake entirely, u are correct. I have ammended the post accordingly


viagra said...

She was an excellent singer and I've got all her songs in my Ipod! Seriously, when I heard that music, I always dance like a crazy and it doens't matter where I am, I just dance because I adore her music ! 23jj

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