“Kaleidoscope” Media Reviews

Kaleidoscope  CD Media Reviews:

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

“An outstanding collection of tunes… Kaleidoscope is full of great music.” JazzTimes.com

“The sheer beauty of her playing –the rhythmic acuity, those silky lines –“ Down Beat

 “Kaleidoscope pulsates with warm sensuous harmonies, originality & swinging brilliance.” San Diego County News

 “One of the finest composers working in jazz today.” Ken Frankling/Jazz Notes April 2014

 “Under the deft touch and considerable artistic vision of Lisa Hilton, modern and traditional jazz come together as one. Nine of the eleven tunes on Kaleidoscope are originals further solidifying Hilton as a composer of note. Hilton moves effortlessly between classical and jazz. 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

 “Lisa Hilton doesn’t disappoint, delivering a whiz-bang listening experience.” ICON Magazine

 “Exceptional artistry.” Jeff Tamarkin/Jazz Times Magazine/May 2014

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

 “Lisa Hilton is a jazz musician of incredible sensibility and nuance.Hugh Carson/KVNF

 “One of the few pianists that can meld the hard bop of Horace Silver with the aphoristic impressionism of Bill Evans.” C. Michael Bailey/All About Jazz

“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.” Buffalo News

 “LOVE IT! Nice arrangements/feel/music. I really like the composed/impressionistic aspects.” 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. Kaleidoscope is generating a ton of buzz.” KSDS

 “This is a pianist that gets your attention and keeps it. She plays with a depth of feeling that uses 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 Radio

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

 “Hilton is more than “rising”, she’s already a jazz star that shines bright in a world where there are far too many pretenders…This CD comes MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” Improvijazzation Nation

 “There are a lot of great jazz pianists, but Hilton takes a back seat to none of them.”            BlogCritics/Jack Goodstein

 “Quite beautiful.” NewsFiber.com

“Incredible sensibility.” WeAreJazz.com   

 “Grace & expertise.” JazzHistory

 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 Magazine

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

 “Fun, power, passion and nuance in a refreshingly clear manner.” Accent on Tampa

 “Hilton continues to shine with her abilities to embrace an instrument that has no obvious limits.” SoloPiano.com

 Her playing is dramatic and truly unique, and she is perfectly abetted by her quartet – mates.” PasaTiempo