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Alma Vieja

by Russ Hewitt

Redefining Nuevo Flamenco and Latin Jazz with a unique mixture of World beats and grooves.
Genre: Latin: Rhumba
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1. Pelourinho
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2. Samba Samba
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3. Pacific Sunrise
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4. Dhanyavad
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5. Gabriela mi Corazon
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6. Miss Mimi
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7. Moonlake Drive
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8. Las Cruces
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9. Gypsy
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10. Tango Ahn
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11. Soldade
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Album Notes
1 "Amazing!" Chris Mann of ( United Kingdom )

2 "...Hewitt's music is immensely listenable, hugely entertaining and offers many a new twist to the genre..." Bill Binkelman - Retailing

3 "Arguably the best guitarist to ever hail from DFW area..." Mark Beneventi of Lit Monthly

4 "The music or Russ Hewitt is filled with sunshine and with 'Alma Vieja,' it seems certain the the warm glow of attention will once again be very much on him." Denis Poole - Smooth Jazz Therapy ( United Kingdom )

5 "Russ Hewitt is one of the best guitar players out there right now, and you NEED to know him." Scott Itter of

6 "Originality seems to be a very definite and integral part of Hewitt's overall appeal and style." Ronald Jackson of

7 "...knows how to bring the joy of Latin Jazz, Flamenco, Cuban or south American into the new and more modern dimension..." Randy K of ( Indonesia )

8 "A passionate enthusiastic album full of Flamenco exhilarations and zeal." Scott Thomas - Guitarz

9 "Hewitt dazzles with his usual deft flamenco jazz sound..." Robert Silverstein of

10 "Hewitt continues to fuse his Nuevo Flamenco style with Latin and jazz themes with a very light touch of rock and roll attitude making his musical style unique and different to that of his peers." Mike Debbage of

11 "There are 11 sparkling tunes and i can guarantee that you'll fall in love with Russ's talent-filled playing." Rotcod Zzaj of Zzaj

12 "...the sound is rich and bursting with superb musicianship." John M Peters of ( United Kingdom )

13 "This second record work of Russ Hewitt comes to consolidate its artistic race like virtuoso of the guitar." Javier Garcia Escamez of ( Spain )

14 "Bravo to Russ Hewitt for his second guitar masterpiece!" Kathy Parsons of

15 "The tempo is perfect making the songs both energizing and relaxing, and Hewitts guitar playing is effortlessly fluid." Mike Cavanaugh, All Access Magazine

16 "Contemporary wizard of the Flamenco and Smooth Jazz genres..." The Sound Guitar Magazine interview

17 "...Hewitt has just the right mix of smoke and fire to keep it caliente enough to keep you coming back without burning your tongue." Chris Spector of

18 " to delve into the very soul of this music and extract something that you can mold into a solidly creative production." Bluelover - The blues/that Jazz

19 " row with the most outstanding flamenco masters of the present." ( Belarus )

20 "Hewitt once again shows why he's a true virtuoso that can bring the Nuevo Flamenco and all its extension in the modern way at its best." jazzuality interview

21 "A superb guitarist..." Ieesha Chandler of

22 "Do your soul a favor and go listen." EmilyFide of Faithfully yours

23 "Beautiful Album...Highly recommend getting your hand on this one." Distracked. Music Blog

24 Interview by Zzaj Productions

25 Interview by venue Anthology

"Extraordinario CD "Alma Vieja." Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe ( Venezuela )

"On his new album, Alma Vieja, acoustic guitar shredder, Russ Hewitt gives a courteous nod to the old soul of flamenco and the contemporary idiom of rumba flamenco. Then, he leaves any preconceptions in the dust and pays forward the music, exploring its future potential. Alma Vieja offers a new perspective on an old soul." Cal Koat, Producer - Worldbeatcanada radio & television

"I truly believe you are a wonderful talent...I want everyone to know how enrapturing your talent is; Nuevo Flamenco!" Dionne Maldonado - The "Jazz Lady,"WFSS 91.9 FM NPR News & Jazz

"Your latest album "Alma Vieja" is one of the most notable of the year. As with your previous album, "Alma Vieja" delivers smooth, creative songs that remain fresh no matter how many times you hear them. Bravo!" Gerry Regensburg - radio

"Alma Vieja" is Hewitt’s most experimental album. An instant hit on our radio station, the album has garnered several phone calls from listeners asking ‘hey, what’s that cool sound?’ Hewitt never fails to impress." Michael Regensburger - (KUR) 88.3 FM/1670 AM

"Another classic album! A must listen for those who love real music!!" James Lewis - WTCC/Springfield,MA

"In his unique style, Russ Hewitt serves up the most enjoyable selection of rhythmic, energetic, and melodic tunes. His music is the gift that keeps giving!" Jackie Anderson - "Midday Jazz" - WJAB 90.9 FM

"In an age of forgettable, less-than-stellar guitar performances, Russ Hewitt plays with grace, precision, facility, and the emotion of an OLD SOUL, on his aptly-named CD Alma Vieja." Bruce Nazarian, "The Digital Guy"

"I love your music! I will be playing some of it on tomorrow's show! All of it is hot! Go head Carlos Santana Jr." Martone Williams -


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Russ Hewitt’s debut, "Bajo el Sol," was one of my favorite albums of 2009, so I’ve been eagerly anticipating his follow-up. I’m very happy to say that his "Alma Vieja" does not disappoint! Quite the contrary! Backed by a group of stellar musicians, Hewitt returns with a dazzling collection of eleven original compositions in what he refers to as a Latin/World style that incorporates rhythms and influences Hewitt assimilated while traveling extensively to other parts of the world and sitting in with musicians of varying cultures and musical backgrounds. His own background includes a degree in classical guitar performance and years of playing with rock bands. Add some strong jazz influences, and you have an idea of the versatility of this artist. His backing musicians, who have plenty of room to shine on this album, include Alfredo Caceres on rhythm and harmony guitar, Walfredo Reyes Jr. on drums, Rafael Padilla on percussion, Bob Parr on bass, Michael Lington on sax, Charlie Bisharat on violin, and Ivan Torres on drums.

"Alma Vieja" begins with “Pelourinho,” a bright and sparkling piece with infectious rhythms and very impressive guitar licks. “¡Samba Samba!” playfully continues with a relaxed, swaying energy. “Pacific Sunrise” should become a smooth jazz favorite with its easy flow, great sax work, and feeling of warm contentment. “Gabriela Mi Corazon” is a sweetly passionate love song in a slow, sensual tempo. “Miss Mimi” is light and breezy and sounds like fun to play. The improv near the end is especially note-worthy - smokin’! I love “Moonlake Drive,” one of the slower pieces that again has a relaxed energy that inspires toe-tapping and swaying to the beat. Hewitt dazzles with his flawless lightning-fast runs. “Las Cruces” slows it down to an elegant slow dance tempo that is graceful and soulful. “Gypsy” is free-spirited and joyful. The slow, smoldering “Tango for Ahn” has a gorgeous guitar melody and brilliant solos. Love it! “Soldade” closes out the set with a lovely ballad that touches the heart and leaves the listener ready to hit the “repeat” button to play the album again!

Bravo to Russ Hewitt for his second guitar masterpiece! Very highly recommended!

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky /
In the guise of fatal century
A pattern of golden hopes

The flowing melodies of the album “Journey Around the Sun” stirs the soul from the very first moments. They are so strong and powerful that you can easily start the exciting journey towards the unknown lands and distant times.

The conception of the album is inspired by Bill Wren’s deep interest in ancient Mayan civilization and, in particular, their 2012 prophecy. As a result we can enjoy his new joint work with Frank Ralls which exceeds the separate genre boundaries and can be named a real new age multicultural project. The music of the album is enriched with influences from Spanish, Mediterranean, Eastern European gypsy and other ethnic traditions.

Many outstanding guest artists took part in the recording of “Journey Around the Sun” and their masterful performing makes its sounding so natural and refreshing like a pouring Summer rain drops in the sparkling rays of the warm Sun. And the vocals of Michelle Amato add an incredible charm to the whole project.

In general all compositions of the album are united into a single whole and it is impossible to stop listening to it. And all of them are perfectly arranged. The three quarters of an hour runs absolutely imperceptible.

The album “Journey Around the Sun” is one of the most impressive releases in the genres of new age and contemporary instrumental music which I had a chance to hear recently. I am sure it will be among the most memorable albums of this year.

I can characterize the new project of Bill Wren and Frank Ralls as music which brings hope.

Serge Kozlovsky

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky /
What is the music of Russ Hewitt like? It is undoubtedly a sparkling flamenco. His melodies are gourmet food for any guitar music lover. The tunes of Russ are played with virtuosity on the highest level. His music is full of improvisation and at the same time the accuracy inherent in classical school is felt in the artist’s compositions.

All these words are true but they can’t fully describe guitar playing of Russ Hewitt. There is something wild, something vivid in his performing which puts this young artist in a row with most outstanding flamenco masters of the present. There is easiness and clarity in his guitar playing. These qualities are really precious!

And if we add here a slight touch of jazz the picture will be more comprehensive. I meant the composition "Pacific Sunrise". This is a hit on the album “Alma Vieja”. But the other compositions are just as good. In general the second release of Russ Hewitt is rich with bright tunes. I cannot but mention the moving “Samba Samba!” here.

Listen to “Alma Vieja” and simply enjoy the new project of the brilliant guitar player Russ Hewitt and his skillful accompanying band.

Serge Kozlovsky