Lisa Hilton Feb 2013
"Getaway" is about finding "freedom" in our busy, technology filled lives - whether that is to physically get up and move, or to refresh our lives through art, music, nature or with friends. (This is the idea also conveyed in the video by the young director James J. Grant on YouTube/LisaHIltonMusic). On a conceptual level, as jazz musicians we continually embrace our musical past - the great music of America's jazz and blues, while moving forward: hence the vintage luggage and movement on the cover. We can reference our history as jazz musicians, yet still "get away" from some of the restrictions that were inherent in twentieth century music.
In past generations, our parents’ record collections, the assignments of music teachers, or the local radio dj curated musical tastes. Since the beginnings of internet radio in 1994, the debut of iTunes in June 2001, and YouTube 2005, the entire world is at now at our musical fingertips. Not only has it changed how musicians work and learn, it has created a cultural melting pot with a vast musical vocabulary available to everyone with a computer. Music is not purely for the academically trained, or for those able to pay for symphony tickets - it is available to everyone anywhere. We are now firmly embedded in the 21st century and music should reflect this enlarged cultural view of our world today. In this collection, you will hear influences from jazz heroes Thelonious Monk and Count Basie, or bluesmen like Muddy Waters, but also the rock anthems of Billy Joe Armstrong and Green Day, cool rhythms of Dirty Projectors, the big bass sounds of Deep Purple, Modern masters like Prokofiev, nursery rhymes and even Chopin, Steve Reich, Stephen Foster, Henry Mancini, and Scott Joplin. When you listen to Jelly Roll Morton or Beethoven, you instinctively understand what era they were composing in, but a 21st century composer and musician reflects the past and the present in a broad scope of our world today. Hilton explains,"As a composer and an artist, I need the music we create to work on several levels: it must relate to our physical world, echo a shared emotion or experience, explore musical concepts, and be fun to play over and over. It is not enough to just create a tune for me; it must reach people on more than one level. For me, music and art are the original social networks, and have the ability to connect with our world effortlessly".
"Getaway" is Hiltons 15th release as a leader/producer showcasing her compositions and agile piano in a Power Trio with longtime band mate and bass icon, Larry Grenadier and the creative genius of Nasheet Waits, clearly demonstrated here on these thirteen tracks. Retro grooving in "Getaway", "Just For Fun" or "City Streets", soulful ballads with echoes of a young Bill Evans on "Evening Song", the swinging blues of "Slow Down" or Early Hines', "Stormy Monday Blues", or the free outbursts on "Lost & Found" and "Emergency", this trio delivers power, passion and nuance in a refreshingly clear manner.
Audiophiles will take note on the superior quality of the recoding. Heavy weight tracking engineer, James Farber along with multi Grammy winning engineers Al Schmitt on mix, and Gavin Lurssen on mastering, have worked consistently with Hilton and Steinway over the years, to deliver the outstanding high fidelity of "Getaway". As bandleader and producer, Hilton does not rehearse the tunes, nothing is ever overdubbed or heavily processed, and random irregularities are purposely untouched, with aim to maintain the fresh improvisational vibe they captured.
Many know of Hilton's continuing work with people who are blind or visually impaired. The cover of "Getaway" was shot by David Gordon, on the historic campus of Perkins School for the Blind, Helen Keller’s alma mater, near Boston, MA, (www.perkins.org) Hilton will once again open her new CD tour with a performance to students at the Junior Blind of America facility on April 23, 2013, (www.juniorblind.org). Hilton remarks, "I feel music saved my life, and I choose to share this love for music with students whenever I can. Those with physical disabilities are often overlooked, and I think music should be for everyone. Besides, " acknowledges Hilton, "they are a LOT of fun to work with!"
The attractive vintage style CD package design is once again created with the artistic approach of Aaron Regan, featuring photos from friends, fans and family of their impressions of a "Getaway". The 1961 Corvette in featured in the "Getaway" video was a loan from actor Drake Hogestyn.
“Hilton proves often enough that she is a pianist of considerable ability, capable of depth and a wide emotional range….a surprisingly edifying listening experience.” Jeff Tamarkin/JazzTimes
“Hilton has a way of taking a basic idea and stretching its conceptual fabric…Hilton is a conjurer of musical spells, moods and magic.” Dan Bilawsky/All About Jazz
“One of the uniquely individualistic performers on the contemporary music scene… continues her quest for new musical territories for her to explore”. Don Heckman/International Review of Music
“Lisa Hilton is a great songwriter – there is no doubt that she is a superb jazz pianist. Like Monk and Brubeck, Hilton’s tunes have a distinct style to them – deliciously bluesy, but decidedly contemporary flair.” Rochester City Newspaper
“What makes Hilton’s music so impressive is that she is one of the few pianists around that actually has her own unique style and sound. Having a past career in the visual arts, Hilton uses her palette to create music and sounds.” The Jazz Messenger
“A sophisticated blend of blues and adventurous band intermingling… full of fiery jamming and soloing.” L.A. Jazz Scene
“Lisa Hilton’s most charming and beguiling CD to date.” —Linda Yohn/WEMU
“13 songs offered up for your aural pleasure – a taste of what joy sounds like”. ImproviJazzation Nation/Dick Metcalf
“Expressive pianism…dramatic, fluid lines lend a sculptural identity. Hilton blends different cultural and musical sources in a respectful yet unconventional manner… giving her piano jazz new color, new textures and new time signatures. Her variations and ideas seemed to emerge from an inner voice.” Paula Edelstein/The Examiner/May 17, 2013 (live review)
“Smoking, cooking stuff … one winning wild ride.” —Chris Spector/The Midwest Record
“A wonderful melding of musical worlds.” —George Harris/JazzWeekly
“Hilton has been one of my heroes since I discovered her. I consider her the best jazz pianist and composer in the world.” Hugh Carson/KVNF Retrospective of Lisa Hilton Music
“Lisa Hilton’s Trio came to Catalina’s on Thursday on the throes of her most recent album, Getaway. She delved into her own compositions that felt like audible paintings, with each touch on the piano feeling like the stroke of a brush.” -JazzWeekly concert review May 17. 2013
“She’s a worthy jazz composer as is lavishly proven here.” Jeff Simon/Buffalo News/3/31/2013
“I received “Getaway” about 3 weeks ago & thoroughly enjoy it -- great original compositions, inspired & imaginative interplay. Awesomely mesmerizing in my humble opinion”. Richard Haggerty/WRUV
“Impressive…intoxicating…fantastic….” Kathy Parsons/Mainly Piano
“Stunning piano music… a kaleidoscope of color.” Dana Wright/Muzik Reviews
“Hilton expands her approach to traditional jazz with original compositions and her unique voice on the piano.”
Kim Linzy/KUNV Las Vegas
“Hilton is at her best when she is guiding us down the back roads of our own emotional geography…. a meteorologist of the soul, playing the length of the eighty eight like a rain-dancing shaman.” Kurt Rice/Vegas Seven (live review)
“The interplay between these three virtuoso instrumentalists is impressive.” Music & Media Focus/2013
“Her style is unique: a novel (and certainly aesthetic) narrative….exciting music. A very important piano-trio album.” Phontas Troussas/Diskoryxeion/Greece
“Hilton is a distinctive composer and player…and a unified artfulness here.” Martin Kasdan Jr./ Leo Weekly 2013
“Lisa Hilton is a flawless and brilliant pianist.” Javier Garcia Escamez/NoSoloJazz.com/Madrid, Spain 2013
“Lisa Hilton is an artist furthering herself into the jazz pantheon as a composer, and also an intriguing, sometimes mesmerizing instrumentalist. No wonder such luminaries as bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Nasheet Waits are along for the ride on “Getaway”, which travels to some scenic, to the ear, places…an entertaining journey.”
“With her power trio with Larry Grenadier and Nasheet Waits, Hilton enthralls listeners on these thirteen refreshing and wide ranging jazz & blues tracks.” Accent on Tampa/Melissa Wolcott Martino
“Lisa Hilton has been compared to Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson.” Viaggi nell ‘armonia delle note/ S. Turrin
“Unbridled passion… Hilton is a force to be reckoned with in the world of jazz piano.” Bill Binkleman/Wind & Wire
“Pianist and composer Lisa Hilton is a painter with sound, offering an array of beautiful tunes whose melodies vividly capture the mood.” Jazz Notes/Ken Frankling
“We at KSDS have always liked Hilton’s playing. As usual she has a great band with her.” KSDS Radio
“(This CD) is a book of jewels without any blemishes.” Joe Montague/Riveting Riffs/Canada
“Hilton hits another one out of the park with this fine, elegant CD featuring snappy, original compositions”.RajmanReview
“Hilton believes in tradition expressed with modern means honoring classical music, music of the twentieth century, and American jazz & blues. She considers the twenty-first century as a new musical age.” Radio France Musique Open Jazz
“This collection of extraordinary, simple yet complex compositions reflects on years of in-depth scrutiny into the innermost sense of craft.” JazzReview/Karl Stober
“Getaway is interesting and innovative, taking a fresh and egalitarian approach to music – making and highlighting the virtuosity of these musicians.” Marcia Hillman/New York Jazz City Record