Lisa Hilton has surrounded herself with an all-star supporting cast, so The New York Sessions looks promising on the surface. But the pianist is not a particularly distinctive improviser, sounding more like a middle-of-the-road performer rather than a jazz player on far too many of the selections. Her originals often tend to border on new age, while the jazzier selections are arranged so conservatively that her fellow musicians (including alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash) aren't really properly showcased. Two bland interpretations of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" don't help matters at all. Even proven vehicles like "Emily" and "Epistrophy" are disappointing in her hands. One last note: it pays to proofread a CD before issuing it, as there is no excuse for misspelling the names of composers Johnny Mandel and Thelonious Monk. – Review by Ken Dryden, AMG.
The back cover reads:
Many people in Africa and the United States know me as the voice that wakes Africa up every morning on the radio from London, with a show called "Network Africa" on the BBC World Service. What they don't know is that music came into my life first at home in Sierra Leone – in the church choir, and later in college, studying the appreciation of music. So here is the other side of me. As my Swahili friends would put it: Hakuna Kisicho Wezekena. Thanks be to God.
Un capolavoro assoluto come la Gioconda non è solo un quadro da ammirare affascinati dagli occhi che sembrano vivi e dalla magia del sorriso. In realtà è un viaggio nella mente e nelle emozioni di Leonardo. È una porta che si spalanca su un luogo e su un’epoca indimenticabili: Firenze (ma anche Milano, Roma, Mantova, Urbino…) e il Rinascimento. …