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
Happy St. Patricks Day!
Hi and Happy St Patrick’s Day!
How are you doing?? Looking forward to the upcoming first day of spring I presume? With ALL the weather our nation has been having, in California a “Drought Year” is synonymous with “Perfect” weather conditions. Yep. Six months now, just out of a postcard. Of course that will mean extremely dry dangerous conditions this summer, but for now we’re enjoying it, (along with a little earthquake this morning in SoCal!)
Kaleidoscope is now at radio and quickly getting added. We’ve heard some wonderful kind words, had some terrific early reviews and we are very thankful for this warm response and support. Very cool. You see, Kaleidoscope represents a way of viewing our world: a Kaleidoscope shifts its colorful pieces to create ever evolving new visions, the variety of the shapes and colors creating appealing variety with every shift and combination. It is the variety in music, in jazz, in our communities and in our world – the diversity that creates the beauty. Our band is a kaleidoscope too of course, as well as how the styles of jazz and other music is combined in the new tracks. When we recorded in early December, everyone had just come off of Thanksgiving Holiday, and we were all eager to play. Larry – so Stanford smart and such a complete musician, feels like family by now. J.D. actually calls me “sis” – is incredibly warm AND nice – he was playing a new tenor from a new sponsor that sounded terrific. I had admired the playing of Marcus Gilmore for a while and was thrilled at his energy and drumming style which was apparent from the first track. (The fact that he is Roy Hayne’s grandson of course is cool too). It was cute hearing that Marcus played his first gig with J.D. when he was only fifteen years old – his mom dropped him off since he wasn’t old enough to drive yet – that was a while ago though!
I’ll be debuting the new music from Kaleidoscope in a solo piano show at Bogie’s in Westlake Village (32001 Agoura Road/Westlake Village. http://www.bogies-bar.com/) this Thursday, 3/20 at 8pm. If you haven’t been to the Westlake Village Inn lately, it will be an added treat. Besides the terrific Zagat rated Mediterraneo restaurant, they now have The Stonehouse for a light bite and wine or of course you can come a little early and enjoy a bite at Bogies if you like. I’m excited to perform the new music there, and I’ll play some old favorites too. There’s a good stage, nice club, plenty of restaurants around and normally lots of parking. It’s a safe bet that the weather will be great too, so come on by and say Hi and enjoy yourself! If you can’t make that, I’ll be performing April 15th I’ll be at San Diego City College in their Saville theater (sponsored by KSDS) with a trio show.
Here’s the new video, “Midnight Mania” from “Kaleidoscope” in case you haven’t seen it. Watch closely to see what director James Grant has done to Time about halfway through. Please share it around!
If you’re interested in reading about the release here are some links:
“Hilton’s style is impressively on display…” http://www.jazzweekly.com/2014/03/lisa-hilton-kaleidoscope/
“An impressive quartet…” http://www.buffalonews.com/gusto/disc-reviews/listening-post-little-feat-matthias-goerne-helmut-deutsch-and-eric-schneider-europa-galante-prokofiev-pete-robbins-lisa-hilton-and-andrew-litton-20140309
“It doesn’t get much better than this…” BlogCritics.org: http://blogcritics.org/music-review-lisa-hilton-kaleidoscope/
“Artfully composed…” http://www.soundsoftimelessjazz.com/
“Lisa Hilton continues to shine….” http://solopiano.com/blog/view/lisa-hiltons-new-release1/
“The track Midnight Mania is insanely great music” Hugh Carson/KVNF Radio