Thursday, December 28, 2017

USA: Lisa Hilton-Escapism(2017)


for Lisa Hilton's 20th release as a leader, she wanted to promote peace, tranquility and positive energy so that her listeners would be energized and uplifted. With Escapism, she succeeds via nine original compositions and the Lerner & Lane standard title On A Clear Daywhile accompanied by saxophonist JD Allen, trumpeter Terell Stafford, bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston. Lisa's breadth of creativity and range of ideas are astounding as she reveals the virtuosity of her pianism, musicality and artful sound. Among the more memorable compositions are Hot Summer Samba and Meltdown both of which feature fast paced melodic ideas that stretch and loosen any preconceived notions of what lays beneath the surface of these sizzlers. JD Allen's saxophonics and Terell Stafford's flugelhorn magic underline Lisa's signature chops on Zero Gravity while her version of the Lerner & Lane classic On A Clear Day is calming and inspiring as she celebrates the artistry of these composers through her versatile reading. Grounded in the jazz tradition, pianist Lisa Hilton has a lot to say. So listen. And then listen again. --Sounds of Timeless Jazz

Escapism blows open your mind and ears....this is a hot, happening date that charts a new course for pianist Hilton. Tasty jamming throughout. Well done. --Midwest Record

A piano that seduces & captivates; a true passion in motion from the exquisite pianist Lisa Hilton. --Actual Jazz/Uruguay