Lisa Hilton proves once again why she's one of the most preeminent pianists working in contemporary jazz.
Her confident mastery of the genre both in terms of composition and performance allows her to bend it to her will with ease, as she does on her uppity take of “When I Fall in Love” and her classical/jazz mash-up “Bach/Basie/Bird Boogie/Blues Bop.”
Hilton's elegant and tasteful piano playing gets world-class accompaniment by the likes of Larry Grenadier on bass, Marcus Gilmore on drums, and J.D. Allen on saxophone, a powerhouse lineup that rivals anything on the jazz scene today.
This is a delightful, engaging album that pays proper tribute to a great tradition while filtering it through new and exciting lenses.