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The New York Sessions

by Lisa Hilton

Beautiful instrumental melodies, thoughtful arrangements and catchy beats are the basis for Hilton's timeless and expressive tracks.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Both Sides Now
3:11 $0.99
2. Over and Over Again
3:19 $0.99
3. Just Want to Be With You
3:24 $0.99
4. A Bit of Soul
3:46 $0.99
5. Emily
5:33 $0.99
6. Seduction
4:02 $0.99
7. The Last Time...
4:10 $0.99
8. Where Are You Now?
3:30 $0.99
9. Listen to Your Heart
3:33 $0.99
10. Epistropy
3:17 $0.99
11. Mystery
3:22 $0.99
12. Both Sides Now (Alternate Take)
4:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Musically inspired by her visits to Manhattan, Malibu based pianist/composer/producer Lisa Hilton recorded her ninth release in New York City, home to some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world. Joined by Christian McBride on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Steve Wilson on sax, Hilton seduces the listener with her beautiful melodies, thoughtful arrangements and strong performances from her band.

“I grew up listening to my mom playing Standards on the piano, so I inherited a love for an enduring melody”, Hilton explains. “Improvising is an exciting and inherent aspect of jazz, but our ears will always cherish an expressive melody, so that’s something emphasize”. Besides Hilton’s evocative piano soloing, “The New York Sessions” includes some impressive playing by jazz royalty: McBride, Nash, Pelt and Wilson. “As a producer and a player, these guys were my ‘Dream Team’”, comments Hilton.

Hilton teamed once again with eighteen-time Grammy Award winning engineer/producer, Al Schmitt. “Al can record a piano better than anyone else alive”, Hilton comments, “He’s the best, and it’s been great for me to work with him”. In composing, Hilton draws from many sources, “I love the melodies of our Great American Standards, and the rhythmic hooks of Classic Jazz, but I’m influenced by classical and current music too – everything from Rock to Rachmaninoff can work!” Hilton says that in particular, Chick Corea’s “Crystal Silence”, and the perennial favorite, “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis were touchstones for her. “Those albums are beautiful, well played, challenging and still melodic”, she muses, “and they continue to touch us over and over again."

“Genuine Talent.” Jazziz Magazine

“Exciting and compelling… a virtuoso pianist and a world-cast cast of players.” Edward Blanco, EJazzNews

“Hilton has that certain something that takes her playing to a whole different level. Some of the most dazzling instrumental music to come along in a while. This is a piano player you have to get to know.”Midwest Record

“An all-star supporting cast.” Ken Dryden, All Music Guide



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Kathy Parsons

Another Great CD from Lisa Hilton!
“The New York Sessions” is pianist/composer Lisa Hilton’s ninth release to date. The twelve tracks are a combination of solo piano and ensemble pieces that feature the stellar lineup (Hilton’s “dream team) of Christian McBride on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, Jeremy Pelt on brass, and Steve Wilson on sax. Following last year’s “Midnight in Manhattan,” this Malibu-based California girl seems to have found her muse in the Big Apple of late. Seven of the twelve tracks are original compositions, and the covers feature Hilton’s infectious arrangements of music by Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Johnny Mandell, and Thelonius Monk.

“The New York Sessions” begins and ends with Joni Mitchell’s wonderful “Both Sides Now,” a favorite from the later 1960’s. Arranged for trio with Hilton, McBride, and Nash, the bittersweet tone of the song is beautifully communicated without words. “Over and Over” steps up the tempo considerably and brings in the whole ensemble, cooking up some spirited fun. “A Bit of Soul” by Ray Charles is a great blues piece with more than a little attitude. The band adds a New Orleans flavor that keeps the head bobbing and the toes tapping - good-time music! “Emily” by Johnny Mandell is a dreamy piano solo with a stream-of-consciousness kind of flow. Hilton started working on her signature piece, “Seduction,” in high school, and it was the title track of her first CD (1997). It also appeared on “Cocktails at Eight”(2000) and “My Favorite Things” (2005), quite different each time. I still prefer the sultry solo piano version, but I love this piece in any form! “Where Are You Now” is a beautiful ballad, full of longing. Hilton gives the other musicians lots of room for their own interpretations of the piece. “Epistrophy” is a playful take on Thelonius Monk’s theme song. “Mystery” is a dark, seductive piano solo with a casual, languid pace - one of my favorites on this album.

Lisa Hilton is an exceptional pianist, with or without her band, and I always thoroughly enjoy her work. Recommended!

Sandy Shore

SmoothJazz.com Review
Ms. Hilton is back with a jazzy homage to the Big Apple. THE NEW YORK SESSIONS captures the energy and spirit of NYC with grace and elegance. According to the jazz chanteuse, “I’ve always been attracted to the energy of Manhattan, so I traveled to the home of some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world.” For two days Lisa ensconced herself with world-class musicians, bassist Christian McBride, trumpet/fluglehorn player Jeremy Pelt and saxophonist Steve Wilson. She refers to this ensemble as her “dream team.” THE NEW YORK SESSIONS was inspired by the great American songwriters and classic composers… from Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and Ray Charles’ “A Bit of Soul” to Thelonius Monk’s “Epistrophy” and Johnny Mandell’s “Emily” Lisa Hilton captures a vibe and spirit from a time in American history when there were no rules, boxes or requirements when it came to creating music. In the liner notes of her CD she says, “My goal musically is not to impress, but express.” The passionate pianist does just that on this new outing and she allows lots of room for her dream team to do just the same. You’ll also find a handful of exceptional Lisa Hilton originals including the whimsical “Just Want To Be With You,” an extended version of “Seduction” which is the title track from her debut CD, the melancholy “The Last Time…” and my personal favorite, “Where Are You Now” featuring a delicious trumpet solo. NYC suits Ms. Hilton very well!