136

Lisa Hilton: New York Sessions

Woodrow Wilkins By

Sign in to view read count
Lisa Hilton: New York Sessions There was "The Dream Team, a collection of NBA players who filled most of the slots on the USA basketball team for the 1992 Olympics. Then there was "the dream team, high-priced lawyers who helped O.J. Simpson get acquitted of murder charges. For Lisa Hilton, the dream team is made up of four jazz musicians who joined the pianist/composer/producer for her ninth release, New York Sessions.

A product of Southern California, Hilton drew some inspiration from her great-uncle, a respected Dutch pianist. As a child, she also listened to her mother play standards on the family piano. Hilton taught herself to play, using a colored keyboard guide. She began writing almost immediately, evolving from simple tunes to blues riffs. As a bandleader, Hilton has been joined by several established jazz musicians, including bassist Christian McBride, drummer Lewis Nash, flutist Bobby Militello, saxophonist Steve Wilson and trumpet/flugelhorn specialist Jeremy Pelt. All but Militello form the New York Sessions dream team.

The album begins and ends with covers of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now —the first a tranquil, ambient selection that's accented by Nash's cymbals and McBride's subtle bass; the second, subtitled "Alternate Take, offers more of the same but is perhaps more engaging emotionally.

"Just Want to Be With You, one of seven Hilton originals, is a charming piece that features Wilson and Pelt out front. Hilton is mostly in the background with Nash and McBride. The quintet delivers a bluesy swing with Ray Charles' "A Bit of Soul. Hilton injects a bit of ragtime in her playing. Wilson and Pelt again carry most of the lead, injecting a taste of Dixieland.

"Enjoying the outdoors on a cool, sunny day might be the answer to another Hilton original, "Where Are You Now? This carefree tune features Wilson on the soprano sax and Pelt on flugelhorn.

At times slow and easy, at times delightful and upbeat, New York Sessions is a pleasant listen throughout. Hilton mixes a few jazz standards with contemporary melodies. Inspired by a visit to Manhattan, the album is both a tribute to The Big Apple and a showcase for the musical talent found within the city.

Track Listing: Both Sides Now; Over and Over Again; Just Want to Be With You; A Bit of Soul; Emily; Seduction; The Last Time; Where Are You Now?; Listen to Your Heart; Epistrophy; Mystery; Both Sides Now (alternative take).

Personnel: Lisa Hilton: piano; Christian McBride: bass; Lewis Nash: drums; Jeremy Pelt: trumpet and flugelhorn; Steve Wilson: sax.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Ruby Slippers Productions | Style: Ambient


Shop

More Articles

Read Circles CD/LP/Track Review Circles
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Windmills CD/LP/Track Review Windmills
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Ugly Beautiful CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beautiful
by David A. Orthmann
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Trickster CD/LP/Track Review Trickster
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Caipi CD/LP/Track Review Caipi
by Geannine Reid
Published: March 24, 2017
Read United CD/LP/Track Review United
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 23, 2017
Read "High Noon" CD/LP/Track Review High Noon
by Anthony Shaw
Published: September 10, 2016
Read "Danse" CD/LP/Track Review Danse
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 7, 2017
Read "Wash My Horse In Champagne" CD/LP/Track Review Wash My Horse In Champagne
by James Nadal
Published: July 15, 2016
Read "Chasing Shadows" CD/LP/Track Review Chasing Shadows
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: July 8, 2016
Read "A Good Time Was Had By All" CD/LP/Track Review A Good Time Was Had By All
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "What was said" CD/LP/Track Review What was said
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!