One of those artists that when you go through her catalog of music you say to yourself which one do I post. Starting from the almost classical to the contemporary and every bop of jazz, then those very talented fingers dip into the realm of blues. Melodic and tantalizing.
Hilton has produced 19 albums, solo and with the best of players of the art with a soon to be released 20th due in December. Whether she is doing her own compositions as with City Streets or her covers of the jazz greats to including from those that the 1960’s invoked with folk and rockers like Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin also on this album are at times mesmerizing.
But for tonight this one caught my ears and soul and said…. yeah.
This Panamanian born pianist has to be one of the finest composers of contemporary modern jazz. Prior to joining Wayne Shorter in 2000 for four albums his repertoire has been one of excellence to whom he has played among.
Starting with getting to join and play with his Idol, Dizzy Gillespie. So to go on with already one Grammy under his belt along with numerous other awards only befitting to get to work with another stellar composer like Claus Ogerman (also a Grammy award winner).
This man orchestrated music for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Bill Evans from the 60’s and an even longer list of artists, God can it get any better.
This whole album (entitled with the song’s name) released in 2008 is pure bliss as you can hear from this one particular piece. Ogerman tapped into some classical composers to write his compositions and charts based on some of their melodies.
Across The Crystal Sea does exactly that, takes you on a wondrous journey that is exciting because you go places you’ve never been to or have experienced before.
The music just guides you as the trip gets better and better the farther it goes on, you never want it to end.
What a beauty from this vocalist’s debut album in 1993 “Double Rainbow“.
If this artist would have entered in a time period of the golden 1950s era of jazz instead of the 90s he would have been a household name. He has had 13 releases in all with various labels. USA & Newsweek both raved about him when his name self entitled album was released from Warner Brothers in 1996.
He acted and sang in Robert Altman’s 1996 movie “Kansas City” portraying Big Joe Turner and was apart of a October 1996 concert at Carnegie Hall released in 1997 as “Eastwood After Hours” as a tribute to actor Clint Eastwood.
But still no really big bells rang off for this singer during his career. He’s toured everywhere and those of us who have been into jazz for years know of him, but in a different place and time, even those who didn’t listen to or even like jazz would know his name.
This song is just one of many great works.