“Underground” Reviews

Recommended New Release for April: “Underground”:
Lawrence Donohue-Greene, Managing Editor, The New York City Jazz Record (formerly AAJ/NY)


“A master mood – setter and a conceptualist nonpareil”.
Dan Bilawsky/All About Jazz, September 20, 2011

“But how does she sound? Well, she treats most of her chords like big doleful concerns: They can consume, but they almost always demand your deepest investigation, concentration. That’s why their pathos is so strong. In the right hand, Hilton crafts illuminative, seeping melodies. When she wants to, she can coax a sound from the upper-middle register that’s reminiscent of the way Bill Evans used to sound: like he was splitting delicate icicles into pieces, gently, with a flick of the middle finger. Hilton’s newest CD is stacked with some of the world’s greatest musicians, J.D. Allen, Larry Grenadier, Nasheet Waits….”
Capital Bop/ March 24, 2011

“One of the major voices in the modern jazz community.   A rarity that she displays a truly original voice.”
George Harris, The Jazz Messenger/June 2011

“Emerging from the “underground”, with a strong new album of compelling originals, “Underground” should expose this talented artist to a whole new audience…Hilton is a strikingly original voice on the piano.”
JazzChicago.net/April 3, 2011

“A masala of Brubeck, Monk and Parker distilled into pure Hilton. A strong influence on jazz culture in the twenty first century”.
July 29/2011 Zone Music Reporter/July 29,2011

“Something new and different that has something going for it other than just being different. Still sort of mainstream but wildly ear opening, Hilton is fully in touch with some universal vibe that lifts this session up and away. Hot stuff.”
Midwest Record/March 17, 2011

“A post-bop feast for the ears.”
The Sun Chronicle/ July 11, 2011

“Pianist/composer Lisa Hilton adds a bit of extra spice on this latest release. Her music, usually flowing like a river, is a bit more like a Class V rapids here, with extra assertion and percussion in the writing and delivery…. Inspired impressionism… an original voice.”
The Jazz Messenger/ March 7, 2011

“For fans of jazz, this is an absolute must.”
Pat Van de Wiele, Keys & Chords/Netherlands

“Hilton, like the best jazz master – puts her ensemble to new and great use as they dismantle the historical precedence of such influences as Bill Evans and John Coltrane. Their new music becomes the final take layered over the past, redirecting the complex touchstones of jazz into the 21st century.”
Paula Edelstein, Sounds of Timeless Jazz/March

“A top notch crew of like-minded musicians. This CD probes and explores, and bears repeated listening.”
Martin Z. Kasdan Jr./ Louisville Music News/ May 2011

“Strongly impressionistic.”
The Borderland/May 2011

“A post bop CD that doesn’t quietly fade into the background”.
NYC Jazz Record June/2011

“Hilton clearly has a musical voice.”
Down Beat, August/2011

Editor’s Pick: Boston Phoenix, May 2011

“Lisa Hilton has topped herself with UNDERGROUND. She’s never played, written or expressed herself better as an artist. This is living adventurous jazz that breathes fresh but at the same time is rooted in the best parts of the past – and always deeply emotive. Surrounded by some of the finest musicians working today, Hilton hits the mark on every cut. She’s joined the ranks of her own contemporary heroes.”
Todd Steed, WUOT/Knoxville

“If jazz is your passion this beautiful CD is for you.  The piano keys express adeep warmth, beauty and speak to your soul.  Rich melodies and delicate improvisations, Lisa shares her rich musical talent with the world.”
Gabriole Springford, Eagle Eye One Magazine/Canada

“Shimmering and spacious. Hilton easily holds her own and her compositions clearly inspire all concerned. ”
Mike Joyce, JazzTimes/June 2011