Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Dan Bilawsky
Complacency can threaten to creep into a musician's being without their knowledge as time passes, but the opposite seems to have happened with pianist/composer Lisa Hilton. Her early records dealt in friendly pastel colors delivered in relatively safe fashion, but she's become more daring as time has passed. Her playing has become more limber, loose, organic, fearless and moody, and her music has benefited from this growth, as it now possesses a greater balance between shadows and light.
Hilton hit a major turning point with Underground (Ruby Slippers Productions, 2011), which found her in good, risk-taking company, and she wisely reconvened the same band to record American Impressions. Saxophonist JD Allen's emotive tenor, Nasheet Waits brilliantly textural and unpredictable drumming and bassist Larry Grenadier's warmth and consistency meld with Hilton's piano to create an engrossing travelogue through the American consciousness. ... read more...
Personnel: Lisa Hilton (piano); J.D. Allen (saxophone); Nasheet Waits (drums).
Audio Mixer: James Farber.
Liner Note Author: Lisa Hilton.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (01/07/2012-01/08/2012).
Photographers: Christian Hilton; Michael Weintrob; Dan Arsenault; Jeff Katz; Aaron Regan; Lisa Hilton.