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Sunny Day Theory

by Lisa Hilton

Lisa Hilton's instrumental cool jazz is upbeat and low-key, perfect for listening in the car, at work, dinner parties or for a relaxing evening. “A top notch piano player… Sunny Day Theory is music at its finest.” All About Jazz “Feel Good Music” JazzTi
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Heat Wave
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2. Melt Down
4:04 $0.99
3. So Blue
5:09 $0.99
4. Ladies of the Canyon
5:23 $0.99
5. After the Fire
4:21 $0.99
6. Sunny Day Theory
3:36 $0.99
7. Skylark
2:59 $0.99
8. So This Is Love
4:39 $0.99
9. Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
4:21 $0.99
10. Malibu Morning
3:04 $0.99
11. Sunset on the Beach
5:16 $0.99
12. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
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Sunny Day Theory

"Life these days is filled with challenges: 'Sunny Day Theory', assumes that every difficulty, if embraced honestly, will create the opportunity for growth, hope, and light. That the complex can be dealt with one step at a time, that there can be great depth in something as simple as a melody, that within every blues there is astounding beauty, and that with tomorrow, there is always the hope for a sunny day. It's about savoring the beauty of life we sometimes take for granted: fresh-washed mornings, delightful warm weather, and beach walks at sunset which found their way into these tunes. Enjoy".
“A ray of sunshine in these dark times”

“Diabolically seductive… Ms. Hilton continues to unclog the arteries of jazz”. Jazz

“A throbbing undercurrent of West Coast cool ala classic Brubeck/Desmond sides” Midwest Record

“Hilton’s virtuosity is absolutely stunning. One of the best recordings of the year.” Sounds of Timeless Jazz

“Her quartet here is Parnassian." Buffalo News

“There is something quite refreshing about this approach to a modern jazz recording.” NY Jazz Improv

“Sunny Day Theory manipulates the senses and holds sway within any setting.”

“Lisa Hilton always delivers with each new release, and ‘Sunny Day Theory’ is no exception.”

“Sunny Day Theory highlights Hilton’s dexterity on the piano with inspired originals and surprising takes on familiar compositions such as Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Skylark’ and Joni Mitchell’s ‘Ladies of the Canyon’. Backed by ace musicianship from the likes of Lewis Nash (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), and Brice Winston (tenor sax), Sunny Day Theory is an engaging listen where Hilton’s artistry rings loud and true”. Brian Lush, RockWired

“La estupenda pianista… magnificas composiciones”. Roberto Vales Fernandez, A Ultima Fronteira (Spain)

“… a top notch piano player (Lisa Hilton) with a touch mixed with a set of chops that rivals anything Brad Mehldau has put out in his much heralded career.” All About Jazz By: George Harris

“Sunny Day Theory includes the formidable collective forces of drummer Lewis Nash, bassist Larry Grenadier, and tenor saxophonist Brice Winston for an exquisite set of originals and clever covers.” NY Jazz Improv By: Dave Miele

“Lisa Hilton is an unpretentious, understated pianist with a flare for groove and feel. She is a prolific composer whose original compositions create moods and atmospheres that take the listener on a journey. Along for the ride on Sunny Day Theory, her latest release, are drummer Lewis Nash, saxophonist Brice Winston, and Bassist Larry Grenadier. These men lend their considerable musical talents to a song cycle that is as much about following Hilton through a soundscape of moods as it is about the individual character of each tune. Hilton doesn’t fill each track with endless improvisations. Rather, the sets the mood and character of each piece and then gently walks through that world for a few minutes. There is something quite refreshing about this approach to a modern jazz recording.”

“Lisa Hilton, ‘Sunny Day Theory’ (Ruby Slippers). This beauteous Californian pianist has some of the better friends you can have in jazz these days. She has the potential to be almost as hugely popular a jazz pianist as, say, Diana Krall is a singer/pianist." Buffalo News By: Jeff Simon



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Kathy Parsons

Sunny Day Music!
Following an especially challenging year in 2007, jazz pianist/composer Lisa Hilton emerged with a fresh new album called “Sunny Day Theory.” The twelve pieces include eight originals and Lisa’s arrangements of four classic tunes and standards. Backed by Lewis Nash on drums, Larry Grenadier on bass, and Brice Winston on tenor sax, Hilton conveys a broad range of emotions, most of which are on the upbeat, optimistic side. It’s no secret that I prefer Lisa Hilton’s solo piano work, but “Sunny Day Theory” is great fun to listen to either with full attention or as background music. I listened to it three or four times while putting together Christmas Eve dinner and found it most enjoyable!

“Sunny Day Theory” opens with “Heat Wave,” a feel-good piece inspired by Erroll Garner’s mambos. Fronted by Brice Winston on tenor sax, this piece really gets up and moves! “Melt Down” continues the upbeat pace with a more agitated and slightly frantic mood – one of my favorites. Lisa Hilton is one of my favorite blues players, and “So Blue” is almost as slinky as her “Seduction” (one of my all-time favorites!). Piano with just bass and drums suits this piece perfectly. I also really like Hilton’s breezy but soulful interpretation of Joni Mitchell’s “Ladies of the Canyon,” again perfect with the piano/bass/drums trio. Contrasting with the fun of the previous pieces, “After The Fire” is reflective of the pain and sorrow from the massive destruction of a third fire that raged through Malibu in one season. “Skylark” is a solo piano rendition of this Hoagy Carmichael classic. Reflective with just a taste of the blues, it’s a beauty! “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” is a wonderful instrumental of the Pete Seeger anti-war song – just as timely and haunting as when it was first heard in 1961. Larry Grenadier’s melodic lead on the bass is a delightful surprise! “Malibu Morning” is a second piano solo, capturing the essence of the early morning in Hilton’s beach town – fresh, lazy, and full of promise – beautiful! Joe Zawinul was a good friend of Hilton’s, and his passing was one of the difficult events of 2007. He once told her she should record one of his songs, so she chose “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” a great piece and a great tribute to a jazz legend!

Lisa Hilton always delivers with each new release, and “Sunny Day Theory” is no exception. It’s a spirited and satisfying hour of jazz piano that will add a little sunshine to any day. Recommended!

Sandy Shore Review
The theory is, according to Lisa Hilton, “There can be great depth in something as simple as a melody or a walk on the beach… within every blues there can be astounding beauty… and with tomorrow, there is always the hope for a sunny day.” She’s in so deep now she may not even realize that she’s been woven into this American music tapestry… like a flower petal is absorbed into the soil, Lisa Hilton has transcended into a universal jazz consciousness. Surrounded by players who encompass and embrace her, the artful pianist is in top form here with Lewis Nash on drums, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brice Winston on tenor sax. SUNNY DAY THEORY embodies what all great jazz recordings have nestled inside them… organic soul. Eight originals and four covers from critically acclaimed songwriters effortlessly fall into the atmosphere, arriving with confidence and integrity. From Ms. Hilton’s own “Heat Wave” to Joni Mitchell’s 1968 tune “Ladies of the Canyon” to the self-penned title track to the late Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” this recording is sensitive, reflective and timeless. Hilton brings Al Schmitt back for more flawless recording and mixing at the famous Capitol Records Studio in Hollywood, CA. SUNNY DAY THEORY is a beautiful classic, from the inside out.