OH WHAT WONDERFUL SUPPORT! WE LOVE IT! THANK YOU!
Thank you, thank you to radio, streaming, music services and playlists everywhere around the world for your support for our album. We love and appreciate your support!
ESCAPISM RADIO REVIEWS
“The stark beauty and flowing movement of the (Mojave Moon video) images could hardly suit the music better.” Nate Chinen/WBGO
MELTDOWN from ESCAPISM was featured December 2017 on the popular State of Jazz Playlist/SPOTIFY
“Hilton is superb as usual. Clear ideas and fine dexterity.” Modern Jazz Today – syndicated
“I have to just say ZERO GRAVITY is just perfect. My favorite tune. I dub it a standard for the new era of jazz”. Todd Steed/WUOT
“Nice beat and beautiful ballads – this is what I like.” Evert Radio /Netherlands/syndicated
“The cure for winter blues.” WDCE/VA
“Truly unique compositions, flawlessly played. Regardless of the tempo, an inherent momentum informs Hilton’s music. Her left -hand has the pounding momentum and synergy of overtones that is so incredible. To say nothing of the right- hand improvising on a theme or taking off into absolutely unexpected and unpredictable places in such a beautiful way. Hilton & company are relentlessly in search of excellence, while achieving it with a frequency that leaves one in jaw-dropping awe.” Hugh “Hurricane” Carson, KVNF
“Escapism is a record that confirms the professional skills of pianist Lisa Hilton, capable of fusing technical skills and poetic sensibility, and succeeding in this way in keeping the listener always involved and attentive. A beautiful recording project”. Anima Jazz/Italy
“What a nice find – really like the sound of this. A bit elegant, a bit adventurous, very clear and crisp sound, good good release”. WUWF/Florida
“Lisa Hilton is amazing!” BONDI RADIO FM Australia
“Peace, tranquillity and upbeat energy are all aspects of ESCAPISM, pianist Lisa Hilton has combined all these elements in her album.She says she wants to provide upliftment and relief – a place where listeners can be energized and rejuvenated – she has achieved that.” 2BACR FM/Sydney, Australia
“HOT SUMMER SAMBA sparkles – her jazz has muscle – an escape indeed!” Jazz & Poetry Radio /France
“What a treat – I’m along for the ride!” CFRU/Canada
“The music really cooks – these tracks are a keeper.” WHCJ/GA
“Nice Work.” Favorite track: TOO HOT WMNF/Florida
“Flowing tones – cool! Gydnia Radio/Poland
“Poetic beauty.” WOJB/Wisconsin
“A good mix of swinging and contemplative stuff.” WXPN/PA
“Always good tunes from Lisa Hilton.” WRTC/Connecticut
“Escapism is a breath of fresh, uplifting, positive air.” WGMC/NY
“A super jazz CD – she’s got rhythm for sure.” WHFC/WI
“Dig that groove- got that classic 60’s jazz feel.” WAIF/Cincinatti/OH
“Very easy to get into and love.” Beehive Candy Radio/UK
“Great album covering many styles.” DJJazzmadass/Frankfurt, Germany
“Hot.” MGZC Radio/North Carolina
“This is music to escape from daily problems. Beautiful piano playing & horn players.” AfterDinnerJazz Playlist
“Good solid jazz”. Cool Jazz 100/GA
“Very good.” CKMN/Canada
“Has a good clean sound.” 3MBR Radio/South Australlia
“I like Lisa Hilton and it’s a pleasure for me to discover this.” CKIA/Canada
“All tracks from ESCAPISM receiving airplay on Jazz Flight.” WQLN/PA
“I’m gonna ‘stay’ with Hilton!” Outasight Radio
“Just a delight to listen to.” MAD FM/New Zealand
“Grooving.” KNDD/Seattle, WA
“Nice & cool.” CKHA/Canada
“Always love Hilton’s excellent sounds. Always great radio play.” WAWL/TN
“A wonderful talent.” CHUO Radio/Canada
“Another beautiful performance by Ms. Hilton.” Radio Video/Belfast, Ireland
“A new & excellent record from one of my favorite jazz pianists!” Urquiza FM/Argentina
“Refreshing to hear REAL musicians doing their things. Very nice.” Tameside Radio/UK
“A great piano player and musician. A very sensitive touch. You feel the emotions of her music. It is an honor for me to play something from this album.” Radio 794/Netherlands
“Lisa does it again with lovely cool classics & swinging interpretations.” Soul & Jazz /UK
“Excellent, feet bmovin’ tunes. That’s real Swing.” ECMA-Radio/Austria
“Superbe.” Radio Krimi/Chamonix, France
“Good!” Radio MUZKOM/Moscow, Russia
“LOVE IT!” All Jazz Radio/South Africa
“Great for our jazz show.” RDU FM/New Zealand
“Another winner from Lisa Hilton.” Aloha Joe/Hawaiian Radio Network
“Love this album.” Aussie Grown Radio/Australia
“Very, very good.” The Network Radio/Italy
“Definitely good and engaging.” Radio Stereo/Italy
“Straight up traditional piano jazz with a master on the keyboard.” WMWM/MA
“Enviable variety of creativity in her albums.” Radio Cazkolik/Turkey
“Bright, energetic, thoughtful.” CILU/Canada
“Love it!!” 94/1fm/Macedonia
“Great jazz for my radio show, congrats on the great music by Lisa Hilton.” CKSJ/ Canada
“Very good album.” Urban Jazz Radio/UK
“Perfect for our Jazz channel.” RadioAvemue.com/Canada
“A superb jazz album, very nice!” Dr. Best at Radio Z 95.8 FM/Germany
“Cool tunes.” BBC Radio Gloucestershire / Global Radio 1 / Energy FM/UK
“Hilton has a fluid and often highly rhythmic style, that reflects both her classical and jazz chops. The variety on this disc reflects Hilton’s reach and command from beautiful ballads to jazzy swing and even a few steps toward the outside, but always fully under her command.” /WTJU/VA
“Nice sounds – I like it.” Radio Waves International/France
“A great album –a pleasure for our listeners.” RADIO RIVE SUD FM 103/Canada
“Great atmosphere!” Radio Bubble/Greece
“PURE BLISS and soothing joy – an album of distinction.” Spellbound Radio/New Zealand
“Groovy, straight ahead jazz – no compromising.” WSJR/PA
“Hilton’s music leads you into the state of Escapism with the joyous warmth of her beautiful composition and wondrous musical interactions with her bandmates -this is must have music.” Jazz Zone/Canada
“Lisa Hilton continues to impress! Mad FM/New Zealand
“Very tasty.” Israel Broadcast Authority
“VERY NICE – a Horace Silver spirit with a touch of Messengers- super cool! Radio Activ/France
“Definitely cool jazz – dig it!” WAIF/OH
“This is really lovely stuff – glad to hear it’s still being done like this.” Something Else Radio/Barcelona, Spain
“Lots of beautiful playing here.” WECI/IN
“Great album.” The Sound Lab/syndicated/UK
“Super.” Locos Por El Jazz Radio/Dominican Republic
“Throughout the album we will navigate the foam of jazz mastered and served with passion. A successful album that will be a milestone in Lisa Hilton’s discography.” Cot Sud 90.3/Paris, France
“BEAUTIFUL.” Radio Reverb/UK
“Excellent playing as always from Lisa Hilton. Good stuff!” Phuture Motion/UK
“Inspired arrangements, subtle yet powerful solos, a variety of moods beautifully expressed, and stunning production.” Groovalizacion / Multicult FM/ Berlin
“I like it…TOO HOT has a good vibe and I like MELTDOWN too.” JazzRadioDC
“Nice sound. Will feature on a future WORLD OF JAZZ podcast.” World of Jazz Podcast/Analogue Trash Radio
“cool.” DJ Purple Rabbit/Phonic 106.8 fm/UK
“Great album – a pleasure for our listeners.” CHAA Radio/Canada
“Nice tracks – a journey in harmonics.” CAMPUS RADIO/France
“Steeped in the classics, but timeless – great sound.” KFAI/MN
“The Album ESCAPISM- it’s just the best ! Every time Hilton brings out a new album the bar is raised another couple of notches. I just love this.” 2Maxfm/Australia
“Rip roaring jazz with cerebral depth. Bridges between spiritual, free and hard bop with the greatest of ease. Superb.” DJ Tomas: Google Music/SF Weekly, ForwardEver
Escapism Press Reviews
JD Allen/sax, Terell Stafford/trumpet, Gregg August/bass, Rudy Royston/drums
“Hilton’s music is picturesque and impressionistic…the pianist has excellent technique.” Downbeat
“Pianist Lisa Hilton has left an impressive creative footprint…Escapism continues her probing investigation of the American jazz landscape. Hilton has a knack for distillation, which is reducing music to its essences: harmony, melody, tempo, rhythm.” C. Michael Bailey/All About Jazz
“Hilton’s writing is quite expansive.” Cadence Magazine
“Hilton is a pure original… she has a magical ability to make her piano tell compelling stories. Certainly
on Escapism her facility for make her instrument talk and sing and wear its emotions on its proverbial sleeve is immense and you can hear this almost immediately as the recording begins. There is so much drama in her playing that one finds oneself constantly at the edge of the seat… She seems to be able to make her instrument a living, breathing thing. This is an album to die for.” Jazz da Gama/ Canada
Escapism “Blows open your mind and ears….this is a hot, happening date that charts a new course for pianist Hilton. Tasty jamming throughout. Well done.” Midwest Record
“Hilton is excitingly edgy during “Another Everyday Adventure” while showing her swinging digits on “Meltdown.” Her compositions are impressive… A Great Escape.” Jazz Weekly
“Lisa’s breadth of creativity and range of ideas are astounding as she reveals the virtuosity of her pianism, musicality & artful sound. Hilton has a lot to say. So listen. And then listen again.” Sounds of Timeless Jazz
“Hilton’s approach is fresh and uninhibited, taking musical paths less trodden and using expressive and unique chords.” Dee Dee McNeil/Musical Memoirs Jazz Journal
“A piano that seduces & captivates; a true passion in motion.” Actual Jazz/Uruguay “Artistic entertainment with splendid moments.” Vento Azul/Japan
“Great collection from Lisa Hilton – a really nice diversity.” The Music Korner Magazine “Lisa Hilton is top drawer.” Don Martin/Style Quarterly
“Fantastic!” Bebop Spoken Here
“Great energy, great creativity and broad range.” Jazz HQ
“This is a truly original musician with her own creative style and it is not surprising she is considered one of the leading pianists in the American jazz mainstream.” JazzQuad Russia
SO MUCH FUN IN NYC!
It was great to see friends last week in NYC! Thank you to all who made it to our show last Thursday at Carnegie Hall – that was so much fun! (Yes I’m planning something for next January too!) We all enjoyed it – it was my favorite band show I have ever done, and we had a bit of audience participation going on too! It was very cool to finally play ESCAPISM live with those perfect Carnegie acoustics. Live music always makes you feel good – a real night of ESCAPISM! It was very cool to have a music lover come all the way from Luxembourg come to our NYC show! My next shows are:
2/8 SF JAZZ /San Francisco/8PM https://www.sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/lisa-hilton/
3/23 RAITT HALL/PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY/8PM https://arts.pepperdine.edu/events/community-events.htm
4/10/5PM BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS: http://chicagolighthouse.org/event/jazz-night/ (come on, Chicago is always fun, right? And this is to benefit the amazing Chicago Lighthouse)
4/12 THE SMITHSONIAN/ 6PM/Nan McEvoy Auditorium https://americanart.si.edu/calendar/eventtrumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D126586204 this show is FREE – how great is that? A FREE SHOW courtesy of the Smithsonian! This one is with JD Allen, Luques Curtis and Rudy Royston.
I really hope that you can make it to one of these shows – come and say hi!
I also want to also thank all radio stations that started playing our ESCAPISM right away too – 150+ stations across the world in 2 weeks with a #46 debut on JazzWeek. I guess Escapism is a pretty good title when so many people are getting bad weather – one radio host said that Escapism was “The Cure for Winter Blues” – I like that!
If you’re interested in shopping ESCAPISM is available on iTunes, Amazon or CDbaby or my website link is below. You can stream the music on all streaming platforms too.
Take care and stay safe and warm during this weather!
Happy Holidays, (or HOLIDAZE as the case may be),
Just in time for the Holidays my CD Escapism releases DECEMBER 1st! Yeah! My 20th release in 20 years! And yes, I do feel a wee bit overworked, but euphoric too. It is my passion, and I always feel extremely grateful when a new one is released – it really does feel a bit like a new child that you hope goes out into the world and makes a difference in others lives. This CD has myself on piano with JD Allen again on tenor sax, Gregg August on bass, Rudy Royston on drums and Terell Stafford on trumpet. Each CD has a different musical theme and ESCAPISM is about dealing with the challenges in life today by savoring the beauty and uplifting moments that are still there around us. You can get an idea of the energy of the music by the track titles: HOT SUMMER SAMBA, MELTDOWN, ANOTHER EVERYDAY ADVENTURE, TOO HOT, ON A CLEAR DAY, MOJAVE MOON, ZERO GRAVITY, ESCAPE VELOCITY BLUES, 29 PALMS, and UTOPIA CORNUCOPIA. Here is the just out video that was filmed in Joshua tree this month called Mojave Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lz8GApePLc Please share the video around!
CDs are available here my website and I also have sheet music and downloads for sale. The CDs are great as hostess gifts, teacher gifts, co-worker or “last minute” gifts. http://lisahiltonmusic.com/shop-1/ Of course you can always buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/escapism/id1300363720 or Amazon too: https://www.amazon.com/Escapism-Lisa-Hilton/dp/B075ZB7L5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511235882&sr=8- If you do get the CD and like it, please write a quick review on Amazon to help us out!
It’s still really early but here are a few reviews already out:
“Escapism blows open your mind and ears….this is a hot, happening date that charts a new course for pianist Hilton. Tasty jamming throughout. Well done.” Midwest Record
“Hilton is excitingly edgy during “Another Everyday Adventure” while showing her swinging digits on “Meltdown.” Her compositions are impressive… her own reading of “On A Clear Day,” is wonderfully dreamy. A Great Escape.” Jazz Weekly
“Hilton’s breadth of creativity and range of ideas are astounding as she reveals the virtuosity of her pianism, musicality and artful sound. Lisa Hilton has a lot to say. So listen. And then listen again.” Sounds of Timeless Jazz
“Truly unique compositions, flawlessly played. Regardless of the tempo, an inherent momentum informs Hilton’s music. Her left -hand has the pounding momentum and synergy of overtones that is so incredible. To say nothing of the right- hand improvising on a theme or taking off into absolutely unexpected and unpredictable places in such a beautiful way. Hilton & company are relentlessly in search of excellence, while achieving it with a frequency that leaves one in jaw-dropping awe.” Hugh “Hurricane” Carson, KVNF radio
“Hilton’s approach is fresh and uninhibited, taking musical paths less trodden and using expressive and unique chords.” Dee Dee McNeil/Musical Memoirs Jazz Journal
“A piano that seduces & captivates; a true passion in motion from the exquisite pianist Lisa Hilton.” Actual Jazz/Uruguay
Hoping You a Wonderful Holiday Season!
HAPPY UPCOMING HOLIDAYS TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY!
Q & A with composer/pianist Lisa Hilton on her upcoming release, “Escapism”
Q: Escapism, what kind of title is that?
LH: It’s been an incredible year on our planet, hasn’t it? You can’t turn around without another crazy thing happening. I record an album every year and I have never seen so much turmoil as I have in the last eleven months. You can either get stressed and dragged down when you come face to face with the intense struggles happening. Climate, culture, and politics all seem to be in states of disruption! Or, as an artist you can take your inspiration out of that spiral and create light. You’re not going to find peace surfing the news – I wanted to create something of an escape from all that. This album is about focusing on, and savoring, the beauty that still surrounds us. It’s very uplifting and energetic. So to experience the album is actually a form of escapism which I think we all need.
Q: There is a noticeably different sound and energy from your album Nocturnal, what inspired that?
LH: Musically I was ready to try a new palette of ideas and colors. This is my 20th release, and I always have a backlog of ideas I want to explore. I also moved to a new home, and I think I was influenced by the more tropical foliage around me – I think that’s where Hot Summer Samba came from! That feeling of escapism led the energy.
Q: That Hot Summer Samba is a pretty high voltage opener– the band sounds strong on that.
LH: Oh that song was really fun to record! Rudy (Royston/drums) added that cool intro riff after a couple takes that I just loved, and Gregg (August/bass) really went with the bass line I had written; he sounds terrific. Some of the takes were even hotter than the one I eventually chose! My bet is, once we’re in front of an audience, this one is going to be fun and I hope, an audience favorite!
Q: What was it like working with your band again after last year’s solo piano recording, “Day & Night?”
LH: We’re family now, they even call me “Sis.” I’ve recorded seven albums with JD Allen, (tenor sax) – I have always said that I think he is the “Tenor (sax) of our Times” – I love his deep Detroit tone. I’ve toured with Gregg and recorded three times with him – he’s an incredibly well rounded musician as well as having a master’s degree from Julliard. Rudy I’ve toured with and I’ve recorded with twice – is an exceptional all around drummer, and Terell (Stafford/trumpet and flugelhorn), just fits right in – he’s got a huge heart to go along with that huge talent – this is my second recording with him. Everyone in this band is a leader. I am always honored, excited and thankful to be able to work with them and to hear what they will add to my compositions – that’s why recording is one of my favorite things that I do all year. They are remarkable musicians and I get a front row seat to their talents. I love listening to everything we record – there is always an abundance of cool stuff they’ve contributed.
Q: Do you rehearse first? Or just go with it?
LH: I’ve always swung the Miles (Davis) way: I discuss the tune, and what it means to me and the overarching mood and goals that I might have musically, they look over the charts and ask any questions, and then we record. That’s it. I like to do 3-4 takes. I do not believe in the “First Take Fantasy” that many players have because honestly, the first take is not always the best. As a producer, I never overdub, and I never Auto-Tune. If you’re trying to capture emotions, and the ethereal qualities of music, I think that’s the best way. I do create the charts ahead of time that show what the piano is doing, but allow my band mates to do what they do best.
Q: Which musicians fire up your inspiration?
LH: My inspiration can come from anywhere, but I still gravitate to many of our great American composers – I hear references to Miles Davis on my “29 Palms”, Count Basie, and Neal Hefti , (with a bit of Beethoven), on “Escape Velocity Blues”, and that bass line I wrote on “Hot Summer Samba” seems reminiscent of Horace Silver. But frankly, I’m influenced by all kinds of music whether it’s Green Day, The Black Keys or The Chainsmokers even. Our world is not just global now, it’s also poly-genre and multi-generational and our music reflects this vastness of influence.
Q: Your one cover is the Lerner & Lane classic, “On A Clear Day”, why did you chose that one?
LH: My mother. She loved that song, and as a little girl I thought the “Clear Day” was referring to a sunny day with no fog or rain – which I could relate to growing up in a small (often foggy) coastal California town! Now I see the lyrics as having a more spiritual component. To me, it’s about having clarity in your life and urging you to “look around you” at the beauty of nature that will “astound you”, so I felt it fits well for the album. After the extremely busy time I’ve had this summer – moving to a new place and composing/recording – the term “clear day” took on a new meaning as I longed for a lazy day clear of responsibilities! Now that’s the essence of Escapism – having a clear day to do what you please or do nothing have some time to enrich your soul, right?
Q: Hah – yeah, that’s true! What’s up next for you now that the album is finishing?
LH: I’m quite excited to share the new music live. We’re booked into Carnegie Hall, on January 11 with an 8pm show. Hearing the band live – like I have in the studio – play this music with those perfect acoustics and wonderful piano from Steinway, these new compositions will sound amazing! I’m really looking forward to it!