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Acclaimed composing Jazz pianist Lisa Hilton has released her newest instrumental album entitled Underground. Lisa’s continuity for producing trendy and progressive music that takes the high road over the years may not have surprised those who know her best. After the release of 12 significant recordings, her earlier albums have indeed helped pave the way to place her name recognition alongside other top Jazz artists.
Lisa Hilton from Southern California was raised in a family of musicians after having taught herself to play piano and compose music at an early age, before setting her sights on formal educational studies in classical and twentieth century piano. Her early love of music in a variety of styles became the early foundation before a transition into the contemporary Jazz excursions in which Lisa is so highly regarded today.
The progressive nature of her work as a pianist have not gone unnoticed either since her songs have received airplay prominence on hundreds of radio stations including the United States, Canada and other countries internationally. This includes syndicated programs like NPR Morning Edition, Sirius XM Radio, along with numerous online radio stations which have led to strong radio chart listings at College Media Journal, Earshot Jazz and JazzWeek radio charts.
Lisa Hilton’s thirteenth album entitled Underground features her band performing 9 songs that are quite adventurous in compositional style, even by her own standards. Recording and producing an album every year since 1997, her band features world-class musicians Larry Grenadier on bass, Nasheet Waits on percussion, and J.D. Allen performing tenor saxophone.
Together this talented group does a magnificent job of openly communicating Lisa’s reintroduced vision of Jazz expressions as a team, and during their key roles in the spotlight as soloists.
The title song from the Underground album is lively and up-tempo with great counter rhythms, which offset the quietly laidback moments in Just A Little Past Midnight & B Minor Waltz. The bands interactive poise is apparent on the stylish song Blue Truth and throughout the classic swing and sway of Jack & Jill during Lisa’s extensively driven movement up and down the keyboard.
Lisa Hilton is a great talent who personifies Jazz improvisation with creativity and imagination. While Underground, Nuance, & Twilight & Blues reflect her achievements as a Jazz musician, and are refined lexes in their orientation to New Age albums, her distinguished piano performances of improvisation either as a soloist or with the band under her direction is definitely worth a listen. Lisa Hilton’s newest release is boldly expressive in Lisa’s already exploratory viewpoint as a Jazz pianist. Clearly an innovative escapade in elegance, Underground is like a smooth journey down a newly paved road.
Photo courtesy Michael Weintrob. Cover art courtesy lisahiltonmusic.com.
Lisa Hilton is a name well recognized in the Jazz Music circuit as a continuous producer of great music having all the vibrancy and positive direction one would expect from a top artist in the genre. What some may not know is her music carries a subtle reference of New Age ambiance in many of the 12 recordings she has produced during her lifetime.
Nuance is Lisa Hilton’s 2010 release that returns to her earlier solo piano style that began her dazzling career from the very beginning in addition to fulfilling a well kept promise for her fans who have been requesting another solo album for years, with Lisa as the singular attraction.
Lisa Hilton from Southern California taught herself to compose music at a young age before more formal education in classical and twentieth century piano became the foundation prior to her transition to popular Jazz, recording and producing an album every year since 1997.
Many of her songs are played in the U.S. and around the world, realizing more recognition over the years by acquiring airtime on NPR Morning Edition, XM Radio, and charting on major Jazz oriented programs while earning numerous awards and nominations in her long enduring career.
In her earlier band inclusion release Twilight & Blues she received nomination at ZMR for the 2009 Album of the Year for the 10 original compositions and renditions of top songs from equally talented artists you are sure to recognize.
Nuance / Twilight & Blues are more subtle in their references as New Age albums and her success as a Jazz musician does reflects this, but her renowned piano performances of improvisation either as a soloist or with the band under her direction is worth a listen knowing Lisa Hilton is a great talent who personifies this ambiance with creativity and imagination, just like you would expect from more mainstream New Age artists within the genre.