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April 10, 2013

Getaway Released by Lisa Hilton

 

ACCLAIMED, PIANIST LISA HILTON 

RELEASES GETAWAY,  HER FIFTEENTH ALBUM AS A BANDLEADER 

FEATURING A POWER TRIO 

LARRY GRENADIER AND NASHEET WAITS 

  

 

“A true original at the top of her game.” – Dan Bilawsky/ All About Jazz, 2012

"One of the best players in the business." - Hugh Carson/ KVNF 2012 
"One of the major voices in the modern jazz community.” - The Jazz Messenger, 2012 

 "Exemplary pianism and soloing." - Paula Edelstein, Sounds of Timeless Jazz, 2012 

 


Pianist/composer Lisa Hilton is one of the most distinctive and individualistic voices in jazz today.  Her new album, Getaway (Ruby Slippers,#1016), is her fifteenth as a bandleader. Here she's joined in a powerful trio effort featuring her current all-star bandmates, bassist Larry Grenadier (Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny) and drummer Nasheet Waits (Jason Moran's Bandwagon, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew Hill). This new album is a bold and exciting change of pace, Hilton bolstering her signature imagistic, lush, often cinematically suspenseful  ambience with several brightly swinging, anthemic grooves. Along with eleven first-class originals, she elevates Adele's hit single Turning Tables to a majestic jazz grandeur and looks back to Earl "Fatha" Hines for a gleaming, purist take of Stormy Monday Blues. 

  

Getaway is about finding freedom in our busy, technologically distracted lives- whether we get up and move, or renew ourselves through art, music, nature or with friends," Hilton asserts. "For me, music and art are the original social networks." This forward motion mirrors her philosophy as a composer: "We can reference our history as jazz musicians, yet still break free of the restrictions that were inherent in twentieth century music. When we listen to Jelly Roll Morton or Beethoven, we instinctively understand what era those composers date from, but a 21st century composer and musician reflects the past and the present on a global scope.” 

  

"In our post iTunes and post YouTube lives, the entire world is now at our musical fingertips," Hilton reminds, "and that should be reflected in twenty first century music.  Conceptually the title Getaway also references our need to "get away" from what we were doing musically last century.  Visually we added the vintage luggage - our past - but we are definitely moving forward. In this collection, you will hear influences from jazz icons like Thelonious Monk and Count Basie, or bluesmen like Muddy Waters, along with the rock anthems of Billy Joe Armstrong and Green Day, the cool rhythms of Dirty Projectors, the big bass sounds of Deep Purple, the balladry of Chopin and Stephen Foster, masters like Prokofiev, Steve Reich, Henry Mancini, Scott Joplin, and even nursery rhymes – you get the idea- everything has potential for us as musicians." 

  

One especially noteworthy characteristic of this new release is how Hilton frees the bass and drums from the ordinary constraints of supporting players. Waits' floating, hovering colors and Grenadier's tersely dancing countermelodies attest to the chemistry and camaraderie of top musicians in what is decidedly a group effort. As producer, Hilton has enlisted renowned engineer James Farber, along with her longtime engineering team of the multi-Grammy winning Al Schmitt and Gavin Lurssen for an audiophile recording that captures every lingering nuance across the sonic spectrum, from Hilton's murkiest low notes to the whisper of a cymbal or overtone from the bass. It's the latest and arguably most fascinating chapter in the career of one of jazz's most irrepressible, original voices. 

 

At this point in her history as a jazz artist, Hilton consistently mixes tradition, with a defiantly individual voice, equal parts purist tunesmith and sonic adventurer.  The album kicks off on a lithely suspenseful, modally-charged note with the title track, followed by the irresistibly gleeful bounce of Just for Fun. Stepping Into Paradise hints at tango and reggae all the way up to a to a rapturously lyrical intermezzo, while the artfully shapeshifting Evening Song evokes Bill Evans or Brad Mehldau at their most lyrical. The urban grit and edgy rhythmic freedom of City Streets rubs up against the booming intro and hypnotically menacing pedalpoint of Lost and Found. The steady insistence of Emergency evokes anthemic rock in an inspired improvisational moment, while Unforgotten swings with an elegaic bluesiness. Throughout the recording, Hilton holds the center against Grenadier's polyrhythms and iconic soloing and Waits' coloristically shuffling clusters, ethereal washes and bold statements.  Additional tracks include the jaunty ragtime-inspired vignette Stop and Go, while Slow Down swings with masterfully rhythmic dynamics to an almost epic intensity and then back down to suspense again. The album concludes with a solo piano piece, Huckleberry Moon, evoking a peaceful, and bucolic vibe. 

  

Over the course of her career, the "Lioness of Jazz" has played with many of this era's jazz luminaries, notably Christian McBride, Steve Wilson, Jeremy Pelt, JD Allen, Lewis Nash and Bobby Militello of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. A pioneer as one of the first major jazz musicians to pursue a career as an independent artist, Hilton has released a total of seventeen albums, teaming up with Grenadier for five recordings and for three with Waits. Hilton has played major jazz venues coast to coast, is regularly programmed on radio around the world and hosts nearly 200 tracks on iTunes. A leading advocate for contemporary composition and a jazz educator, Hilton has a special commitment to helping young, blind musicians. Her clinics and master classes include leadership engagements at the historic Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, the Junior Blind of America in Los Angeles and their Camp Bloomfield in Malibu, and the Berklee College of Music and their adaptive technology lab in Boston among other student-oriented programs. 

  

For more information, please visit www.LisaHiltonMusic.com  

Getaway/Ruby Slippers Productions #1016 is distributed by SDCD www.SDCD.com and is available April 1, 2013.  

WATCH THE “GETAWAY” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO BY JAMES GRANT at www. YoutTube.com/LisaHiltnMusic  

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES: 

4/23/13 @Junior Blind of America/Torrance, CA for students with disabilities 

5/16/ 13 @ Catalina's Jazz Club, Hollywood, CA 

5/17 and 5/18/13 @ The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV, 7pm 

10/21/13 @ Buddy Guy's, Chicago 

10/28/13 @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC 

Blog Archives: April 2013

April 5, 2013

Featured Artist Lisa Hilton on All About Jazz

SoloPiano.com's Featured Artist Lisa Hilton is now also featured on All About Jazz's Take 5 Series. Meet Lisa Hilton on Take 5!!

Blog Archives: April 2013

April 3, 2013

Lisa Hilton

"A true original at the top of her game." - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz 

One of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable composers and pianists in jazz today, Lisa Hilton has honed her evocative, individualistic and impressionistic “sound paintings” for over a decade as a leader. Like Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans, her imagistic compositions draw as deeply on the classical tradition and the avant-garde as much as they look back to jazz greats like Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. A lifelong passion for music and art informs this California native’s sonic tableaux. Hilton's approach is nuanced, and expressive, her compositional style thorough and painterly, her touch on the keyboard alternately tender, brooding, playful or cerebral. 

Over the course of her creative career, the "Lioness of Jazz" has played with many of this era's jazz luminaries, notably Larry Grenadier, Nasheet Waits, J.D. Allen, Christian McBride, Steve Wilson, Jeremy Pelt, Lewis Nash and Bobby Militello of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. As a band - leader, Hilton has produced a total of fifteen albums, representing nearly 200 iTunes tracks. A leading advocate for 21st century composition, Hilton notes, “I’ve only seen the New York that inspired Gershwin in movies. Jazz composers today must create a body of work that represents the sound and energy of our lives in this century while embracing our past”. Hilton’s post bop style influences extend beyond jazz legends to include bluesman Muddy Waters, minimalists like Steve Reich, current rockers Green Day and modernists Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Bartok.  Originally from a small town on California’s central coast, Hilton studied piano formally from the age of eight, and in college, received a degree in art.  

Known for her warmth and leadership on the stage, Hilton has played major jazz venues coast to coast, both as a solo pianist and with her band, and been heard on hundreds of radio stations around the world – including syndicated programs like NPR’s popular Morning Edition. Committed to helping students of all abilities, Hilton has led master classes, with a special commitment to helping young, blind musicians at the historic Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, The Junior Blind of America in Los Angeles and helped with The Berklee College of Music in Boston and their adaptive music lab for visually impaired musicians. 

Website: www.LisaHIltonMusic.com 

 

Blog Archives: April 2013

April 1, 2013

The Official Lisa Hilton “Getaway” Video!

ENJOY LISA HILTON'S OFFICIAL "GETAWAY" VIDEO!