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LISA HILTON: PIANIST/COMPOSER/BANDLEADER With what has been described as a"throbbing undercurrent of West Coast Cool", critically acclaimed composer, pianist and bandleader, Lisa Hilton has been compared to such diverse pianists as Brad Mehldau, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, and even Debussy, but Hilton's sound and touch are all her own. Dubbed by JazzReview a"Lioness" of Jazz", Hilton has continually worked with some of the greatest jazz musicians on the planet: Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, Larry Grenadier, Bobby Militello, Jeremy Pelt, J. D. Allen, Brice Winston, Reggie McBride and Steve Wilson to name a few, producing an album a year of her own compositions and arrangements. She has also recorded her recent releases with the legendary, twenty - time Grammy winning engineer/producer, Al Schmitt. Her music continues to receive high marks, longevity in radio airplay in the US, Canada and around the world, and is regularly featured on syndicated programs like NPR's Morning Edition. For her twelfth stateside release,"Nuance", the pianist extraordinaire returns to solo piano at the request of her fans, treating her audiences to what DownBeat Magazine calls,"A deeply expressive style - rich melodies and improvisations and an appealing impressionism". Hilton sums her philosophy up:"As a musician and a person it's the little things – a gesture or touch that really are so attractive. It's not what you say but how you say it – or as Ira Gershwin put it, it's ‘the way you wear your hat'. I'm really interested in the subtle details that make up a great performance or a timeless composition". Hilton is included in the upcoming book,"The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today's Living Legends and Artists of Tomorrow" by Cicly Janus with contributions by Sonny Rollins, Marcus Miller and Wynton Marsalis.
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