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What's in a name? Quite a bit when it comes to the handle of composer and pianist Cynthia Hilts’s intriguing octet, Lyric Fury. As the name suggests, her writing is defined by powerful contrasts. She likes to build from long, meditative passages to explosive endings. The tried and true technique of tension (and more tension) and release seldom yields more satisfaction or surprise. But as witness the brisk, striking originals on Lyric Fury, Hilts’s captivating new album, her orchestrations can go in different directions (and different keys) in the same moment, within the same beat or phrase


Article: Radio

Lucky To Be Me: Happy Birthday to Sheila Jordan

Read "Lucky To Be Me: Happy Birthday to Sheila Jordan" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The broadcast features new releases from vocalist Aubrey Wilson, saxophonist Dean Tsur, pianists Jihee Heo and Jeni Sotchiver plus birthday shoutouts to Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, Diana Krall, Cindy Blackman Santana, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Michelle Ann May, Cynthia Hilts and Kari van der Kloot, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...


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Just You, the Secret Service and Me - Celebrating Johnny Mercer

Read "Just You, the Secret Service and Me - Celebrating Johnny Mercer" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Besides a celebration of songs by Johnny Mercer, the broadcast includes new releases from pianist Andrea Petrity, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Karrin Allyson, Sonia Johnson, and the latest project from drummer Terri Lyne Carrington+Social Science plus more birthday shout outs to bassist Jen Hodge, vocalists Janet Lawson, Holli Ross, LaVern Baker, Ernestine Anderson, ...


Article: Radio

Saluting the 2019 Jazz Masters Maria Schneider and Bob Dorough

Read "Saluting the 2019 Jazz Masters Maria Schneider and Bob Dorough" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from vocalist Lauren White, pianist Sarah McKenzie and saxophonist Cory Weeds with birthday shout outs to Carmen McRae, Herbie Hancock, Marie Goudy, Marilyn Maye and Barbara Lea, among others, with a nod to the upcoming Jazz Masters Bob Dorough and Maria Schneider. Also who's in town this week and playing the ...


Article: Radio

Thanksgiving Birthdays and Holiday Jazz

Read "Thanksgiving Birthdays and Holiday Jazz" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

An assortment of Thanksgiving-inspired jazz to whet your appetite and get your gratitude on, with birthday shout outs to Mose Allison, Rickie Lee Jones, Johnny Mercer and Sheila Jordan, plus a preview of who's performing in NYC for the holidays. Playlist Jen Hodge “The Swamp Bucket Challenge" from All's Fair in Love and Jazz ...


Lyric Fury

Label: Blond Coyote Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1.Those Basinites; 2.Teacher; 3.Blues for the Bronchs; 4.Peace Now; 5.Celebration; 6.Three Wishes; 7.Previously a Thing; 8.Please, Mercy; 9.Dog In a Red Pick-Up; 10.Jam & Toast


News: Recording

Lyric Fury, The Adventurous Octet Led By Pianist/Composer Cynthia Hilts, Debuts On Record January 13

Lyric Fury, The Adventurous Octet Led By Pianist/Composer Cynthia Hilts, Debuts On Record January 13

Twenty years ago, Brooklyn-based pianist/composer Cynthia Hilts was seeking to form a band “that sounds like a celestial collision of Mingus and Debussy” as a vehicle for her brisk, striking originals. Her avant-meets-mainstream writing, as the band name Lyric Fury suggests, is demanding and defined by powerful contrasts. Hilts and her octet have been honing a ...


Second Story Breeze

Released: 2009
Track listing: 01. Second Story Breeze - 6:01; 02. Nun Miffdemeanor-Like, - 4:52; 03. Love For Sale (Porter) - 10:34; 04. My Favorite Things (Rodgers - Hammerstein) - 5:00; 05. The Fading Blue - 6:22; 06. Living It Up - 5:52; 07. Three Blind Mice (Fuller) - 4:15; 08. Venus - 7:27; 09. Bunny -5:32; 10. Waiting - 5:15. Tutte le composizioni sono di Cinthia Hilts eccetto dove indicato.

Article: Album Review

Cynthia Hilts: Second Story Breeze

Read "Second Story Breeze" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Canta con grazia e ricercatezza, Cynthia Hilts, sostenuta da ottime doti strumentali e compositive. Originaria dell'Arizona ma attiva a New York da due decenni, ha svolto molte e variegate esperienze (dal reggae al blues, fino all'avanguardia) e oggi approda al secondo disco, - pubblicato dall'etichetta - a capo di un classico piano trio. Con due strumentisti ...


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