Lisa Hilton | Midnight In Manhattan

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Midnight In Manhattan

by Lisa Hilton

Expressive, evocative and sinfully sultry, Hilton's jazz recording was inspired by the the beautiful melodies of our great American songwriters, the as well as classic jazz, and the blues.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Hit the Road Jack/Percy Mayfield
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2. City Streets
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3. Midnight In Manhattan
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4. So What/ Miles Davis
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5. Warm Summer Night
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6. Moon River/ Henry Mancini
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7. Sunday Morning
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8. Over The Rainbow
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9. The Easy Life
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10. Late Night...
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11. Kind of In Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Lisa Hilton's beautiful melodies, catchy beats and expressive piano style have captured the attention of music lovers everywhere. Her timeless instrumental music appeals to listeners of all ages, and is currently being played on radio both in the US and abroad, and continues to earn awards, honors, and outstanding reviews.

A passionate pianist and a prolific composer, Hilton grew up in Southern California in a very musical family, teaching herself to play the piano about six and composing her fist simple songs at seven. She began the study of classical and modern piano literature at eight. As a teen she began playing Standards and writing blues riffs, but quit the piano completely when she became disillusioned with her education in classical music. After studying art and photography in college, she became an art director, designing for clients like CBS and Twentieth Century Fox, and writing and art directing a successful children's book; never playing the piano for many years. She credits producer/composer David Foster for reigniting her long lost love in music again. "Because I left the piano for so many years", Hilton comments, "I am now so passionate about playing and composing: it is like once again finding my 'true' love". Due to the difficulties with her own music education, Hilton is now extremely committed to music programs for children and teens, especially for those that are blind or visually impaired, such as programs at Perkins School for the Blind in Waterton, Massachusetts near Boston. Featuring Bobby Militello on sax, Reggie McBride on bass and Johnny Friday on drums.


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Kathy Parsons

Lisa's best album yet!
“Midnight In Manhattan” is jazz pianist Lisa Hilton’s eighth CD release, and features seven original compositions and four cover tunes. Backed by Bobby Militello on sax, John Friday on drums, and Reggie McBride on bass, some of the tracks really cook and others cool it down to sweet and sultry. Lisa Hilton successfully straddles the line between smooth jazz and the more “out there, anything goes” route jazz often takes. In the studio, the acoustic instruments were recorded without overdubs or similar effects, and the musicians worked without sheet music or chord charts on Hilton’s original pieces, keeping an edge on the improvisational spirit. Possibly Hilton’s best album to date, the music is strong and sensual, and Hilton keeps the piano at the forefront more than on some of her previous ensemble releases (yea!).

The CD opens with an arrangement of “Hit the Road, Jack” that is inventive enough that I didn’t recognize it until I read the liner notes. Then it’s obvious, but the sax and piano improvisations and the emphasis on the blues (something Hilton does especially well) make this an especially good cover. “City Streets” is also a favorite with its playful piano and slinky bass and percussion. Good stuff! The title track was inspired by a walk back to her hotel after a jazz concert on a chilly January night, savoring the energy that is unique to New York. Militello’s sax is especially effective on this track, creating a mood that is dark but very alive and vibrant. Henry Mancini’s classic, “Moon River,” is a lovely duet for piano and sax that is leisurely and sensuous - beautiful! “Sunday Morning” is warm, cozy, and blissfully lazy. Another classic, “Over the Rainbow,” is a piano solo played in a style reflective of the era when it was created (the 1930’s). “The Easy Life” picks up the tempo a bit, but is still very peaceful and relaxed. “Late Night” is another wonderful piano solo that is reflective, a little dark, and very sensual.

“Midnight in Manhattan” is a great album from start to finish! Highly recommended!