Title - Transparent Sky
Artist - Lisa Hilton
For those unaware, as America and other countries re-emerge from the limitations of 2020, Lisa Hilton and her trio with Rudy Royston and Luques Curtis, enthusiastically embrace the moment with a vibrant new jazz offering entitled Transparent Sky (out now), that will inspire, uplift and motivate us all.
Rich with glorious harmonies and unique compositions, Hilton’s swinging band radiates a sun bleached aura to listeners. Throughout the album Hilton, Royston and Curtis develop a surprisingly wide range of rhythmic ideas from a variety of genres, masterfully blending classic traditions with new approaches and upbeat style.
1. Santa Monica Samba
2. Random Journey
3. Nightingales & Fairy Tales
4. Living in Limbo
5. God Bless the Child
6. Chromatic Chronicles
7. Fall Upon a Miracle
8. Infinite Tango
9. Extraordinary Everyday Things
10. Transparent Sky
This deliciously fresh, and exuberantly ambient new album opens on the cool hipsway of the Latin-tinged Santa Monica Samba and the gently energetic ebb and flow of Random Journey, and backs those up seamlessly with the joyously lush, sixties-imbibed ballad Nightingales & Fairy Tales, the playfully harmonic Living in Limbo and then the stand out track, for me, an absolutely charming cover of God Bless the Child.
Up next is the harmoniously funky Chromatic Chronicles and the tall-trees, summer sway of Fall Upon a Miracle, which are in turn followed by the finger-snapping delights of Infinite Tango, the album rounding out on the ornately delicate musings and expressive soundscapes of Extraordinary Everyday Things, closing on the simply beautiful, sonorous piano solo title track Transparent Sky.
Lisa Kristine Hilton is a distinctive composer of jazz, an acclaimed pianist, a bandleader and producer. Growing up in a small town on California’s central coast, she originally taught herself to play piano with a colored keyboard guide, writing her first simple songs around six years, before beginning studies in classical and twentieth century music starting at the age of eight.
In college she switched majors from music, and graduated instead with a degree in art. This art background informs her musical creations: she describes “painting” compositions using improvisation, and harmony or “sculpting” with multiple rhythmic ideas from different cultures.
Hilton’s music draws on classical traditions, and twentieth century modernists as well as classic American jazz greats such as Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk, and Horace Silver, as well as blues heroes Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson.
Hilton’s music annually tops the jazz charts and appears on popular shows such as Apple Music’s Pure Jazz Playlist. In the book, “The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends and Artists of Tomorrow” by Cicily Janus, it states that Hilton has been “compared to some of the best pianists in history.”
Noting that the overwhelming majority of music performed in jazz clubs and concert halls today are of compositions written by male musicians, Hilton is outspoken about the importance of presenting, and listening, to music composed by women in these fields as well.
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