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Roots in the Sky

by Doug Hewitt

Sizzling sax solos and whispering acoustic guitar. Passionate lyrics and delicious vocal harmonies. Trumpets, piano and strings swelling to crescendo, Roots In The Sky is the most fully realized and best produced album I have ever recorded.
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1. Starshine (feat. Dave Bilodeau & Joe Fitzpatrick)
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2. Ok to Be Human (feat. Bill Shontz, Danielle Lorenzo, Joe Fitzpatrick, Mitch Pine & Rudi Weeks)
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3. Enceladus (feat. Ariel Parkington, Frank Newton, Dave Bilodeau, Joe Fitzpatrick, Mitch Pine & Rudi Weeks)
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4. Another Long Wave Goodbye (feat. Stephen Katz & Joe Fitzpatrick)
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5. Roots in the Sky (feat. Joe Fitzpatrick & Mitch Pine)
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6. Peace On Earth and You (feat. David Tasgal, Danielle Lorenzo, Bill Shontz, Joe Fitzpatrick, Mitch Pine & Rudi Weeks)
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7. Nothing (feat. Megan Rollins, Bill Shontz, Joe Fitzpatrick, Mitch Pine & Rudi Weeks)
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8. Winter's Bounty (feat. Mitch Pine, Frank Newton, Dave Bilodeau, Michael Akrep, Joe Fitzpatrick & Rudi Weeks)
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9. We'll Always Have Paris (feat. Rudi Weeks, Bill Shontz, Ariel Parkington, Joe Fitzpatrick & Mitch Pine)
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10. Congratulations (feat. Rudi Weeks & Joe Fitzpatrick)
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11. I'll Remember April (feat. Bill Shontz, Joe Fitzpatrick, Mitch Pine & Rudi Weeks)
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Sizzling sax solos and whispering acoustic guitar. Passionate lyrics and delicious vocal harmonies. Trumpets, piano and strings swelling to crescendo...
"We orbit around a spiral sublime. And burn in the fire that we call time. All roads converge, return to stardust. Small difference we make. That's why we must. The world awakes. Consciousness rise. Born of the earth with roots in the sky."
Roots In The Sky is the most fully realized and best produced album I have ever recorded. After hundreds of hours in the recording studio it's ready for the world at last: a powerfully and beautifully orchestrated rock-jazz-pop-vocal-instrumental-electric-acoustic record. Romance, environmentalism, philosophy, politics... Cosmic, retro, futuristic, sometimes old timey. Solos featuring piano, trumpet, saxophone and guitar, accompanied by cello, violin, viola, horns and lush voice harmonies.
"I feel your body next to mine, warm and soft arms entwined, and the ticking of the time, are the first things I know today. I have no words to say, searching for a way, to make each moment last, soon this will be past."
Writing and recording took place between 2007 and 2013, enlisting the talents of the best musicians I have ever worked with: Ariel Parkington violin & viola, Bill Shontz alto & tenor sax, flute & clarinet, Dave Bilodeau trumpet & flugelhorn, Danielle Lorenzo & Megan Rollins vocals, David Tasgal violin, viola & cello, Frank Newton alto sax, Joe Fitzpatrick drums, Michael Akrep baritone horn, Mitch Pine piano & organ, Rudi Weeks bass, Stephen Katz cello. And of course me, Doug Hewitt guitars, vocals, bass, keys, percussion, composition, production and direction!
"Whatever it takes, whatever's involved. Differences aside, problems we must solve. Extinction's forever. We must evolve 'til it's OK to be human."

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TOP SHELF
Roots In The Sky by Doug Hewitt is a gorgeous, ground breaking melange of beautiful songs. A completely successful blending of rock and jazz. Doug's voice sings inside complex arrangements of horns, piano and guitar. This is one beautifully produced CD.
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Arpie Maros

Roots in the Sky is stuck in my head!
Been listening to your CD non-stop!  I've been telling people that if Pat Metheny recorded a rock album it would sound like Roots in the Sky. Very nice work!! In fact, some of the tunes get stuck in my head and are haunting me throughout the day. (Damn you for that!!)
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Jimm O'Donnell

Exquisite
Doug Hewitt’s new “Roots in the Sky” CD (with Rudi Weeks on bass), is immaculately flawless. Listened yesterday and liked it muchly. So smooth. Compositions, vocals, instrumentation and technology all come together in perfect balance; and the rhythm section rounds it out expertly & exquisitely!
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Steven Holdren

Great Music! Professional production, great vocals, instrumentation, arrangement
If you are a music lover you must give this guy a listen. He is a singer-songwriter-musician-music teacher who lives in Amherst, Mass. I gave it a listen...and...WOW! Great Music! Professional production, great vocals, instrumentation, arrangement, and lyrics. It is uplifting music that really made me smile! Doug deserves to be known. I have both of his CDs: Roots in the Sky and Picasso Tomato. So, if you really love music I would recommend giving him a listen. If you are interested in purchasing either MP3s or CDs his link is http://doughewitt.net/ You will not be disappointed! I love Doug's music! His voice is great. I also like the instrumentation. The songs are quite original but I could hear some influences like Chicago, Yes, and others, but very much his own sound. I don't see Doug's music as "top 40 material." It is too rich and full of depth for that. But he really deserves to be known, appreciated, and to make a little scratch while doing it. I will certainly spread the word!
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Mike Lammers

A musical love fest for my ears!
Over the last several days I have been listening to Doug Hewitt's new CD Roots In The Sky. First things first... I love it, all of the music contained on the CD is performed by Doug with an ensemble of incredible musicians! It is bright, melodic and very satisfying. After a good listen I was craving to hear even more. Roots In The Sky is definitely NOT fusion, it is Doug's unique style which is a meticulous blend of Jazz and Rock with an occasional touch of folk. The Ethereal quality of the vocals and the tight down to earth instrumentation has Roots In The Sky clearly living up to its title! It is truly a musical love fest for my ears! I encourage anyone who enjoys a nice balanced Jazz or Rock experience to buy or download the CD which is available from places like Amazon, CD Baby and itunes. I listened to Roots in the sky in its entirety, twice last night and it is awesome.
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Dennis Michael Ryan

Hey Doug, big fan here.
Hey Doug, big fan here. Just got Roots In The Sky on www.CDBaby.com, downloaded it in Flac and Mp3. I have just finished the first two songs and am loving it. Keep up the excellent work.
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Richard Mayer

CD Review: Doug Hewitt: Roots in the Sky
Western Massachusetts guitarist/singer Doug Hewitt has put his romantic heart and soul into this most recent offering. Roots in the Sky comprises ten solid jazz/rock originals by Hewitt as well as a lovely rendition of the jazz staple I'll Remember April which is a seamless fit with the rest of the program. For this outing, Hewitt called in a sizable cast of other local professionals to ensure that his compositions would be fully realized. The love and workmanship invested in each tune is evident, the end result being a musically complex yet totally accessible experience for the listener. Different combinations of ensemble players were used throughout, the effect being sustained diversity, color and interest from start to finish.
Read the entire review at http://scrawlinkingsnake.blogspot.com/
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Nancy Schoenewolf

Amazing
You did an amazing job on this CD. I'm really enjoying it. Your musicianship is MOST excellent!! Love the song quality.
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KEN MAIURI

Doug Hewitt has new CD
Amherst-based multi-instrumentalist Doug Hewitt has a new CD out, “Roots In the Sky.” Seven years in the making, the album kicks off with the tour-de-force “Starshine” — total sunshine pop, bright with brass, a modern descendant of jazzy swinging late-’60s gems like The Spiral Starecase’s “More Today Than Yesterday,” Keith’s “98.6” and hints of Chicago and The Cowsills.
It’s a cosmic collection (“Is it okay to be human?” asks one song) that covers a lot of ground — progressive rock and jazz fusion (“Enceladus”), Toto-esque adult-contemporary pop (the title track), even a breezy reading of the standard “I’ll Remember April” — but a common thread is Hewitt’s penchant for angular chord progressions. He uses a more complex color palette than the typical songsmith.
“Roots In the Sky” is clearly the passionate product of a focused musician, someone trying to do his own thing. “I’ve become impatient with everything sounding the same, with no imagination behind it,” he said in a 2010 interview. “I want every song to be different. I don’t want to be pigeon-holed into one style.”
Hewitt’s new CD is available direct from the artist at http://doughewitt.net/ — or perhaps at his next show, a free full-band performance at Sam’s Cafe in Northampton on May 17 at 8 p.m.
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Wesley Derbyshire

Doug Hewitt - Roots in the Sky
Eight years in the making, Doug Hewitt has surfaced with his latest release “Roots in the Sky.”  Melding jazz and rock, with a clear jazz leaning (no this is not fusion), Hewitt has assembled a vast amount of talent to support this well orchestrated album.  The overall feeling is extremely live placing the listener in front of a stage at an open air music festival.
The opening track may throw some listeners back to early Chicago tunes, with horns blaring, hard hitting drums, and heavy rhythm guitars, yet “Starshine” is uniquely the new Hewitt sound.  For those who have followed his musical career that spans 3 decades will instantly know he is a long way from the sound of his long out of print early releases that were primarily folk, albeit leaning towards jazz.  Roots in the Sky builds on his previous album “Picasso Tomato,” by adding powerful arrangements which feature horns and solos from literally all of the members in the band.  The mix is full and spread wide across the soundstage, consistently giving the listener a wealth of nuances to embrace.
Hewitt invokes a bit of Beatles on the second track “OK to Be Human,” with a strong jazz twist that joyously conveys the songs title.  I noticed how natural the drums sound, which Hewitt maintains throughout the recording.  The snare is light and cymbals are clear without any edginess.  There is a gentle roundness to the bass and the tops lack harshness even for a compact disc derived from a 24bit / 48kHz stereo master, coming extremely close to an analog vinyl sound. 
As the album progresses listeners will find many well crafted solos embedded within the lushly arranged pieces.   I especially like “Another Long Wave Goodbye,” where Hewitt pulls out his  acoustic guitar and adds lovely string accompaniments.  He incorporates a subtle reverb that creates a warm deep space from which the music freely flows around you.  His voice affectionately calls across the room with over-dubbed backing vocals providing another layer of elegance to this piece.
Later in the album on the seventh track titled “Nothing,” Hewitt pushes the bounds with a really striking rhythm.  By this point it is very evident that Roots in the Sky is by far his best and most accomplished work to date.  In fact it took many years to write, during which he painstakingly notated all the bass, drums, and piano, strings and other parts using Finale, a midi based software notation tool.  He subsequently re-recorded all of these parts with a vast number of local musicians starting in June 2013.
The following magnificent instrumental “Winter’s Bounty” is another fine example of the remarkable detail that has been paid to create this release.  With a Latin feel, the guitar solo harkens back to early Metheny with a tinge of distortion that reminds you that a rock sensibility still exists within these tunes.
But, if you were not sure if there is a rocker inside, “Congratulations” will make it evident that there truly is.  Two guitars arpeggiate the chords  with drums and bass kicking in, with Hewitt’s vocals covering the melody.  The dynamics and variety of the album makes for a wonderful listen. 
Capping off the album is the classic jazz tune “I’ll Remember April,” which has been covered numerous times over the years originally finding its popularity in Abbott and Costello’s 1942 comedy Ride 'Em Cowboy.  A fitting close to an album that has the makings of  “must have” written all over it.
Strongly recommended for fans of jazz, followers of Doug Hewitt and any listeners seeking a joyous album that evokes the feeling of spending a Sunday at the park.
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