What's in a name? Quite a bit when it comes to the handle of composer and pianist Cynthia Hilts’s intriguing octet, Lyric Fury. As the name suggests, her writing is defined by powerful contrasts. She likes to build from long, meditative passages to explosive endings. The tried and true technique of tension (and more tension) and release seldom yields more satisfaction or surprise.
But as witness the brisk, striking originals on Lyric Fury, Hilts’s captivating new album, her orchestrations can go in different directions (and different keys) in the same moment, within the same beat or phrase. Imagine, if you will, a peaceful waltz through the meadow and a frantic run through a thunderstorm happening at the same time. Her music can fill the senses even as it swings like crazy.
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Cynthia Hilts is a multifaceted, multitalented artist. She is a phenomenally
gifted pianist...This lady can write some terrific, refreshingly new songs and
then deliver not only the piano portion but also the lyrics with her dusky,
sexy voice. —Amazon.com
Cynthia Hilts, as mentioned, is true to the bebop tradition with nods to the
masters, yet remains uniquely individualistic in style and substance. —ejazznews.com
She plays with the same kind of beauty that Herbie Hancock and Dave
Brubeck have in their playing, where it's not just hammering for the sake of
hammering, there's a lot of thought in each and every move she makes, which
include the amount of space between each chord and phrase... —therunoffgroove.blog
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