Lisa Hilton discovers ‘Oasis’ on new album

This marks her 21st album in 21 years.

Jazz pianist Lisa Hilton returns with Oasis, her follow-up to last year’s Escapism.

Released via LA’s Ruby Slippers Production, Oasis features Hilton, bassist Lucques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield on 11 dazzling contemporary jazz compositions that aim to be, just as the album title suggests, the refuge you’ll need for these chaotic times. It opens with the soothing “Twists of Fate” before plunging into smoky tracks like “Vapors & Shadows” and “Lazy Daisy.” The record closes with “Warm Summer Night,” a seven-minute solo by Hilton that puts her musical prowess front and center.

Oasis is the 21st album Hilton has put out since her debut in 1997 with Seduction, and it captures the growth of the West Coast native, not only as a pianist, but also as a composer.

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