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Lisa Hilton: Getaway

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There are moments-quite a few of them-on Getaway that are so deceptively simple you might wonder for a moment if Lisa Hilton is playing games with your head. She proves often enough that she is a pianist of considerable ability, capable of depth and a wide emotional range. But sometimes she prefers to avoid all of that fussy stuff and just stick to the kicking-back basics. Take the perennial “Stormy Monday Blues,” one of only two non-originals among Getaway‘s 13 tracks (the other is Adele’s “Turning Tables”). Here Hilton finds new ways around an old warhorse, toying with tempo and reshaping the melody by recycling a minimalist, reiterative line till the tune barely resembles itself. Other times she may head fleetingly for a bare blues or a boogie-woogie so prankish you wonder if Jerry Lee Lewis has just kicked her off the piano stool. She takes to heart the title of the second track-“Just for Fun.”

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