At last there is something new under the sun. Blending Latin, jazz, and flamenco styles, guitarist Russ Hewitt has conjured an oasis of hypnotic sound on Bajo el Sol, his long-awaited, ten-song debut solo album. Hewitt’s lightning runs on guitar and strong "rumba flamenco" rhythms are fused with Arabic and Indian textures. Combined with an extensive use of exotic scales and a keen sense for composition, the Baja el Sol sound is mesmerizing.
Hewitt’s evocative instrumental music speaks volumes. The debut CD also features world-renowned players Walfredo Reyes, Jr. (Santana, Strunz and Farah, Ricky Martin) on drums; Rafael Padilla (Miami Sound Machine, Shakira) on percussion; and Bob Parr (Cher, Brian Setzer Orchestra) on bass.
The first single, “Bajo el Sol,” reached the top 20; the second single, “Lydia,” reached the top 15 twice on Smooth Jazz indie charts; and the third single, “El Beso,” was on the Billboard Indicator chart: # 1 Most Added as well as the Smoothjazz.com chart: Most Added list. Russ Hewitt has been the # 1 Smooth Jazz Artist played on Music Choice satellite/cable TV for more than 23 weeks. He has also been a constant presence on the indie charts for over 44 weeks—and counting.
The critics agree: Bajo el Sol made the first cut for the 52nd Grammy Awards in five categories: Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Pop Instrumental Album, Best Instrumental Composition, Best Instrumental Arrangement, and Best-Engineered Album/Non-Classical. With over 220 shows and festivals this calendar year, Russ Hewitt is ready to step into the spotlight
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