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Lisa Hilton: Oasis (Ruby Slippers)

Oasis is a trio recording that follows a quintet set that followed a solo effort. Throughout her two-decade recording career, pianist/composer Lisa Hilton has zig-zagged in her approach to configuration; it keeps things lively for her and allows her to demonstrate her adaptability. Regardless of her chosen setting, though, the level of Hilton’s artistry never … Read More “Lisa Hilton: Oasis (Ruby Slippers)”

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Lisa Hilton: Day & Night (Ruby Slippers)

Throughout a 20-year recording career, pianist Lisa Hilton has demonstrated a well-honed knack for choosing supportive accompanists—for 2015’s Horizons, her previous release, that meant first-call players like Sean Jones (trumpet), JD Allen (saxophone) and Rudy Royston (drums). Going the solo route for Day & Night, Hilton was well aware of the empty spaces she’d be … Read More “Lisa Hilton: Day & Night (Ruby Slippers)”

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Lisa Hilton: Horizons

Cynics can once again have a field day with Lisa Hilton, a composer-pianist who does not regard “easy listening” as dirty words. Hilton writes originals that unabashedly favor catchy melodic riffs and lyrical flow. This latest collection on her Ruby Slippers imprint is inspired by her love of the beauty in nature, whose bold expanse … Read More “Lisa Hilton: Horizons”

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Lisa Hilton: Kaleidoscope

There’s nothing flashy or fancy about Lisa Hilton’s piano playing. Even on “Midnight Mania,” whose very title hints at something shambolic looming, Hilton resists the temptation to show off. Instead she teeters precariously on the edge, aggressive but keeping a measured distance from chaos, blocking out a repetitive left-hand pattern while JD Allen’s tenor alludes … Read More “Lisa Hilton: Kaleidoscope”

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Lisa Hilton: Getaway

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 … Read More “Lisa Hilton: Getaway”

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Lisa Hilton: American Impressions

Don’t let the greeting card sentiment fool you. The title of pianist-composer Lisa Hilton’s latest release isn’t nearly as telling as its supporting lineup: tenor saxophonist JD Allen, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Nasheet Waits. With these musicians in her corner, Hilton couldn’t pass off a pastel assortment of soundscapes even if she tried. As … Read More “Lisa Hilton: American Impressions”

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Lisa Hilton: Underground

There’s a quote in the press materials touting pianist Lisa Hilton’s Underground that’s borne out by the nine performances on the recording. “I don’t aspire to be Miles, Muddy or Monk,” says Hilton, “but I do reference these beloved composers.” And significant others, as it happens. Bill Evans’ name didn’t make the cut, but presumably … Read More “Lisa Hilton: Underground”

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Lisa Hilton: Twilight and Blues

Pianist Lisa Hilton returns with her eleventh album titled Twilight and Blues, a mixture of self-composed songs and covers of well knows bluesy numbers. Guesting with Hilton are Larry Grenadier on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet and J.D. Allen on tenor. Starting with “Pandemonium”, a Hilton composed basic funk outing, Hilton … Read More “Lisa Hilton: Twilight and Blues”

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