The ivory sensuality flowing from the imagination and talents of Lisa Hilton speaks volumes to the spiritual sensations and expressive experience delivered within her new project "Jazz After Hours", produced and released by Ruby Slippers Productions and Lisa Hilton Music.
Ms. Hilton is what she is: a vibrant composer and exceptional pianist with the passion and panache few artists capture. At one time Ms. Hilton set her craft aside. One David Foster, inspiring her to offer six blazingly renowned projects, sparked the rekindling of her career. "Jazz After Hours" is the most recent offering, still projecting the inner most feelings we all have felt through her compositions and life itself.
Never trying to replicate or duplicate the styles of others in her playing field, she leaves a signature so distinct and genuine; audiences call out for more consistently. One would say her Evans-esk talent is a powerful emotional tailspin. However I feel she is building note-by-note composition-by-composition and true niche in jazz today, unlike any other.
Ms. Hilton accompanied by such acute architects of sound such as Eric Marienthal on sax, Tal Bergman on drums and Reggie McBride serenading all on bass. Each cut delivers brilliant tempo and delivery by all.
In the final piece, "Listen to Your Heart", Ms. Hilton musically bleeds numerous emotions. Pay close attention to how the ivories set the stage as the sax deals out the encompassing emotional circles. Not distinctly pinpointing a specific feeling but allowing the listener to take it wherever they wish to travel, a special composition.
If you ever have a moment where your free falling with elation, "Dance with Me" is the quintessential theme song. Filled with a jubilant piano production, Ms. Hilton makes even the darkest day just that much more easily tolerant. Listeners will open up to this cut.
Artists who have that rare quality called "longevity" enable to justify that label by delivering a passionate fury each time they step on stage or walk into the studio. Ms. Hilton has staying power, once touched by a star; she now touches the masses with fervor and a will to express.