Kaleidoscope Media Reviews April 2014

New Reviews for Lisa Hilton: Kaleidoscope: April 2014

Lisa Hilton/piano, J.D. Allen/tenor sax, Larry Grenadier/bass, Marcus Gilmore/drums

“Pianist/composer Lisa Hilton again delivers an outstanding collection of tunes focused on balancing the simple and complex.  Kaleidoscope is full of great music; Hilton and Allen speak the same melodic language and Grenadier and Gilmore push and pull the beat in truly interesting ways…. Pleasing concepts, but refreshingly outside the box.” JazzTimes

 “Under the deft touch and considerable artistic vision of Lisa Hilton, modern and traditional jazz come together as one. The new sound for improvisational music is only enhanced with the prolific rhythm section of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Marcus Gilmore when you toss in the King of improvisational minimalism in tenor player, J.D. Allen, then things just got serious. Nine of the eleven tunes on Kaleidoscope are originals further solidifying Hilton as a composer of note. In somewhat the same lyric vein as Allen there has been a zen-like less is more quality to Hilton’s work, yet with Allen the harmonics and the lyric flow are more open ended and there is a deceptively subtle sense of urgency smoldering just beneath the surface. Hilton moves effortlessly between classical and jazz with Bach/Basie/Bird Boogie Blues Bop while doing her own riff on Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock with the opening tune, Simmer. There is a shift, a lyrical and harmonic adjustment within the more traditional ranks of jazz and Lisa Hilton is now leading the charge. A formidable quartet with adventurous original compositions banged out by some of the finest musicians of our time. It doesn’t get much better than this”.  Brent Black/Critical Jazz.com 2014

 “Lisa Hilton’s signature style is impressively on display.”  George Harris/JazzWeekly

 “Lisa Hilton is a jazz musician of incredible sensibility and nuance that, along with a beautifully evocative style of playing, places her at the very top. The track Midnight Mania is insanely great music, one of several by the way, where Hilton and JD are in perfect sync, with bassist Grenadier and drummer Marcus Gilmore pushing the beat in some truly fascinating ways.”  Hugh Carson/KVNF

“Here is another first rate saxophone/piano conventional quartet, in this case led by the beautiful composer/pianist Lisa Hilton who’d have trouble these days convening a more impressive quartet of working wonders for her music.  One of the most immediately likable of all contemporary jazz composers.  She couldn’t be in better company.” Buffalo News

 “LOVE IT! Nice arrangements/feel/music.  I really like the composed/impressionistic aspects, plus the lush recording.” Todd Steed/WUOT Radio

 “Superb new album by Lisa Hilton.” EJazzNews

“Kaleidoscope is as satisfying a jazz piano record as you’ll find today”.  About.com jazz review

 “We play a boat-load of Lisa Hilton’s music, & have quite a few fans on our staff.  Kaleidoscope is generating a ton of buzz.”  Mark DeBoskey/ KSDS Radio

 “This is a pianist that gets your attention and keeps it. She plays with a depth of feeling that sues all the colors of her instrument.  There are a lot of great jazz pianists, but Lisa Hilton takes a back seat to none of them.  Hilton has her own voice and she makes sure it is heard.  Kaleidoscope is an album you will want to hear.”  World News

 “Gorgeous playing, highly impressionistic–every instrumental voice sharing the spotlight”. WTJU Jazz

 “A true musical Kaleidoscope… artfully composed.”  Sounds of Timeless Jazz

 “Quite beautiful.” NewFiber.com

 Kaleidoscope is as satisfying a jazz piano record as you’ll find today.”About.com/Jazz

 “Passionate and nuanced touch on that keyboard.” Trish Hennessey/Hybrid Jazz

 “A Kaleidoscope shifting its colorful pieces to create a new vision….” Black Musicians Mag

 “Wonderful, subterranean, enthralling & beautiful.” Gary Lowe/WUNH Radio

 “Lisa Hilton continues to shine with her abilities to embrace an instrument that has no obvious limits…her music only gets better.” SoloPiano.com

 “Incredible sensibility.”  WeAreJazz.com