Lisa Hilton | My Favorite Things: Everyone's Jazz Favorites

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My Favorite Things: Everyone's Jazz Favorites

by Lisa Hilton

Lisa Hilton's expressive piano jazz style interpreting the world's favorite jazz classics and well known composers with her band: Eric Marienthal/sax, Reggie McBride/bass and Tal Bergman/drums.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Let's Go!
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2. My Favorite Things
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3. Take Five
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4. Midnight Sky
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5. Alice In Wonderland
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6. Desafinado
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7. Baja Nights
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8. Alfie
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9. Clearly
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10. Seduction
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11. So This Is Love
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12. They Can't Take That Away From Me
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13. Thinking of You
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14. Changes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Lots of people tell me that they love jazz, but seem confused at times as to what to buy, so I have put together a collection of everyone's jazz favorites - from jazz classics to movie themes, as well as some new music that I think you will enjoy too. I've included some of the greatest jazz songs from the best composers, and the band and I had a wonderful time playing them. This album is really for you - and I hope it will become one of your favorite things too." Lisa Hilton

Hilton has received considerable attention and good reviews for the strong melodies and catchy rhythms of her compositions and arrangements, and for her expressive style of playing. Among the many honors and accomplishments in the last year, Hilton's song "Malibu", written about her hometown, was a #1 World Jazz Single. Her music is played on radio around the world on jazz, smooth jazz, new age and standards radio stations. Feauturing Eric Marienthal on sax, Reggie McBride on bass and Tal Bergman on drums


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Kathy Parsons

Great Smooth Jazz Piano!
“My Favorite Things” is a collection of “everyone’s favorites - from jazz classics to movie themes with new music I think you’ll like, too,” recorded and arranged by pianist Lisa Hilton and her jazz ensemble. Eight of the fourteen tracks are Hilton’s originals, including “Seduction,” which has appeared on a couple of Hilton’s previous albums (a knockout piece!). On some of Hilton’s previous ensemble albums, I thought the piano was too much in the background, but that’s not the case with “My Favorite Things.” Hilton lets her fellow bandmates (Eric Marienthal on sax and flute, Tal Bergman on drums, and Reggie McBride on bass) shine, but the piano takes the lead on most of the tracks on this album. Hilton’s classy, fluid jazz stylings are easy to listen to and enjoy both in the foreground and as a backdrop for other activities.

The CD opens with “Let’s Go!,” one of Hilton’s compositions. Energetic and upbeat, this piece really moves. “My Favorite Things” is a silky-smooth arrangement of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, played a bit darker than you usually hear it, but it works well, and there is a beautiful interplay between piano and sax. “Take Five” is the Paul Desmond classic made popular by Dave Brubeck - a really tasty arrangement. “Midnight Sky” is another Hilton original - cool, dark and mysterious - I like it! “Desafinado” is another silky take on a jazz classic - flowing, warm, and contented. Hilton and company give “Alfie” a feeling of longing and sadness - an ideal slow dance! “Clearly” is the only solo piano track on this album, and it’s a sweetly reflective gem. Like many of Hilton’s fans, I think her “Seduction” is one of her best pieces. Talk about slinky! The sax gives the piece even more of an attitude and adds to the fun. “So This Is Love” dances on air with a sense of wonder and joy. “Changes” closes out the album on a introspective note. This piece has such a strong melody that it’s easy to imagine the song with lyrics (although they certainly aren’t needed!). A nice, smooth finish!

“My Favorite Things” is a most enjoyable album, offering a blend of more serious music and good-time tunes. This is my favorite of Lisa Hilton’s ensemble albums (so far!). Recommended for smooth jazz aficionados.