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Cielo Nocturno

by Russ Hewitt

Continuing to redefine the Nuevo Flamenco/Latin World sound.
Genre: Latin: Rhumba
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Presidio
4:17 $0.99
2. Samba Sao Paulo
4:02 $0.99
3. Serenidad
4:28 $0.99
4. San Elizario
4:50 $0.99
5. North of Home
3:58 $0.99
6. Arenas Blancas
4:01 $0.99
7. Cervezas and Cigars
4:42 $0.99
8. Um Abraco Do Bossa
4:00 $0.99
9. Brisa De Monte
5:11 $0.99
10. Persian Sky
4:10 $0.99
11. Hike to La Cruz
4:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Guitarist virtuoso Russ Hewitt is known for his rumba flamenco rhythms and lightning guitar runs which have become trademarks of his distinctive style. Hewitt's two releases, Bajo el Sol and Alma Vieja, has garnered press and reviews from all over the world and praise among his peers and his new release, Cielo Nocturno is set to do the same. Cielo Nocturno features a stellar line up of backing musicians including percussionist Raphael Padilla (Miami Sound Machine, Shakira, Chris Isaak), drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana, Steve Winwood, Chicago), guitarist Larry Carlton, guitarist Ardeshir Farah (Strunz and Farah), bassist Bob Parr (Cher, Brian Setzer Orchestra), guitarist Alfredo Caceres (Gipsy Kings All-Stars), and accordionist Vladimir Kaliazine. All three releases were mastered by Chris Bellman (Van Halen, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elton John)

Hewitt's first CD, Bajo el Sol, gained favorable opinion rapidly, translating into prolific air play and a ten week stay at #1 on Music Choice, the satellite-cable television smooth jazz playlist, and maintained a constant presence on the Smooth Jazz indie charts for over 16 weeks. The first track to be released to radio -- the dazzlingly Latin flavored title cut -- climbed into the Top 20 with the two that followed enjoying similar success. ‘Lydia’ peaked at #15 and stormed onto the Billboard's Top 40, while ‘El Beso’ made it onto that same Top 40 listing. The second CD, Alma Vieja, produced an additional two Top 40 Smooth Jazz singles ‘Pacific Sunrise’ and ‘Samba Samba’. North of Home
featuring the four time Grammy winner Larry Carlton will be the first single released from Cielo Nocturno.

In addition, Bajo el Sol made the ballot for the 52nd Grammy Awards in the categories Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Pop Instrumental Album, Best Instrumental Composition, Best Instrumental Arrangement and Best Engineered Album (in the non-classical section). ‘El Beso’ was included in the www.smoothjazznow.com Top 100 Smooth Jazz Songs of 2009 and, most significantly, from a field of 15,000 applicants. Hewitt gained an ‘Honorable Mention’ for the title song 'Bajo el Sol' in the Instrumental Music category at the 2009 International Songwriting Competition.

Hewitt has endorsements from Godin guitars, Radial Engineering, Analysis Plus Cables, Morley Pedals, V-Picks, Voodoo Lab, BBF Pedalboards, Primacoustic, Mission Engineering and DLS Effects who feature him on their artist's page and website. In edition to doing artist interviews and a monthly lesson column in the guitar magazine ‘The Sound’, Russ continues to extend his boundaries into soundtracks and commercial work having won five Telly Awards for 'Parent Compass' and the DVD companion to the New York Best Seller 'The Harbinger Decoded' by Johnathan Cahn. This year saw the released of The Mystery of the Shemitah Unlocked which immediately went to #1 in Amazon's Faith & Spirituality category. Russ has also written the music in the upcoming feature film Thirst: Mission Liberia which has already won a Silver Telly, the top award, in the spiritual/ faith category and a Bronze Telly in the Documentary category.



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Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Your Summer days will never end
While you feel joy inside

This music has an unbelievable inner power. It stirs your soul from the very first moments because an inner joy and a strong desire to live to the fullest are contained in the sparkling guitar compositions of the new album “Cielo Nocturno” of Russ Hewitt.

The artist demonstrates all abilities of his talent of guitar playing. His music plunges you into the hot Summer days and exciting nights which are filled with unforgettable romantic moments. It helps you to feel joy and even delight from life. It isn’t necessary to be worried about anything. You can easily realize that you were born free and your life depends only on you. And you can find the source of your joy, it is hidden inside your soul. Just allow this music to come into your heart…

The main theme of the album is undoubtedly “North of Home” which is mutual collaboration of Russ Hewitt and famous guitar legend Larry Carlton who very gently plays on a nylon string guitar and brings romanticism and refinement into the music of this composition.

Here I have to say that the company of masterful musicians has helped Russ Hewitt to record this outstanding project. Ardeshir Farah (Strunz and Farah) on Guitar, Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana, Steve Winwood, Chicago) on Drums, Raphael Padilla (Miami Sound Machine, Shakira) – Percussions, Bob Parr (Cher, Brian Setzer Orchestra) - Bass, Alfredo Caceres (Gipsy Kings All-Stars, Hamed Nikpay) – Guitar, Vladimir Kaliazine (Internatonal Recording Artist) – Accordion and, certainly, Larry Carlton - Guitar. All these true wizards together create an atmosphere of endless celebration and genuine fun. It is like old friends have finally met after a long parting.

What more can be said about this wonderful album? Listen to this very bright music. Let these vivid melodies heal your soul and fill it with light and optimism. Feel the joy of life and don’t take all its disappointments close to the heart. Life is just a game. Go along it easily and freely with the amazing music of the album “Cielo Nocturno”.

Steve Sheppard

Review by One World Music Radio (www.oneworldmusic.co.uk)
I am pleased to report that the genre of acoustic guitar is not only alive and kicking, it’s thriving. This year I have seen more guitar based albums run across my desk than ever before, and as a guitarist, that thrills me even more, as does this latest release from Russ Hewitt, called Cielo Nocturno.
The release kicks off with a real flourish and the fast based tempo of Presidio has us all dancing in the halls of musical greatness and with a little Latin hustle, we settle into a new journey with the artist.
One of my personal favourites from this release was the very smooth and slightly jazzy Samba Sao Paulo. I could listen to music like this all day, it’s so colourful and rich and very calming. Here Hewitt, is as easy on the strings as a boat on a tranquil ocean, this one is simply delightful.
Serenidad is up next, and utilises the lovely energies of the accordion, played by Vladimir Kaliazine. Dear reader, the performance here by Hewitt is sublime and I guarantee will leave you with a sense of serene highness. This is such a fluent and masterful track, and also allows the percussion to dance along with the creation, in such a sultry way.
We move, not literally of course, to San Elizario, we can go way down south for this lush sun kissed offering from Russ Hewitt, the guitar burns like Incendio and the percussive beats are both vibrant and rhythmic, bringing us the eager listener a track packed with the heat of the moment under a pale blue sky.
I adored this next piece called North of Home. Once more the very smooth traits of a serene Jazz setting are upon us, but the performance on guitar on this piece also gives us a sense of movement, and one can truly journey within the rich tones of this musical tapestry.
The mixtures of styles on this album are absolutely delightful, they flow and weave into each other with an ease of a new summers day, listen to this one called Arenas Blanca’s, there seems to be a little Cuban element here, mix that with Walfredo Reyes Jr on drums and you have something so peace filled and calming and of course very good for the musical soul.
Cervezas and Cigars, now there’s an idea, not that I smoked a cigar for many a year, but a cold beer would be nice and I have would have no hesitation in having this as the soundtrack of my chilled segment of time. Once more that laid back accordion brings in an extra dimension to this halcyon moment of musical bliss.
Now I have spent many hours of my life waiting for planes to arrive, land and take off, and once in Atlanta I got to listen to a superb musician whose subtle jazzy tones ticked away the hours of utter boredom. The music was very much like Um Abraco Do Bossa, a very smooth jazz offering and I could spend all day just chilling to pieces like this. Hewitt’s performance is stylish here, but I had better not relax too much, or I may miss my connection!
Let’s shift our emphasis to this next track called Brisa de Monte, now I can’t be certain but I think that means mountain breeze. This is also our longest piece off the album at just over 5 minutes long. This has a deep sense of cool about its manner, the tempo is superbly down beat and tranquil, but Hewitt’s guitar perfectly narrates a vista so vast and natural and at just over the half way juncture elevates the energy of the composition with some very crafted playing, this in my view, has to be one of the cleverest tracks off the album.
We now dance our way into the penultimate piece off the release and it’s called Persian Sky, here Hewitt finds himself in Jim Stubblefield territory with a flourishing flaming guitar, the performance is incredible. Listen also to the energetically brilliant percussion on this piece.
Sadly dear reader we now arrive at the last doorway in this realm created by Russ Hewitt and it’s called Hike to La Cruz. Russ Hewitt has really taken us on many journeys of colour and magic, now we have a chance to just enjoy the view, and as such we end with a track that has a harmony and stillness all of its own. We have a taverna here in Cyprus that looks down onto a vast valley below; this piece would work beautifully whilst gazing upon that view.
Cielo Nocturno, which I believe means Night Sky, is an album perfect for summer; it fills the senses with warmth and a fiery passion, but also this release is perfect for those other seasons when you just wish summer would drop by and say hello.
Russ Hewitt is a fine guitarist, his fluency and professionalism is outstanding and I personally have been inspired by listening to this new album. Cielo Nocturno is like gazing upon a mirrored lake, within the reflection can be found many images, many moments to enjoy and a whole new smooth inner dimension of fine acoustic guitar moments to savour; adding this album into your collection is an absolute must.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Cielo Nocturno
I reviewed Russ Hewitt’s debut recording, "Bajo El Sol," in early 2009, and absolutely loved it (still do!), and included it on my Favorites list for the year. Hewitt’s second release, "Alma Vieja," came along in 2011 and was a Favorite for that year as well. Five years later, here comes "Cielo Nocturno" (Night Sky), and guess what - it’s even better than the two earlier releases! There are plenty of great composer/guitarists out there, but I have to say that Russ Hewitt is one of my top five favorites. His unique musical voice comes partly from his classical training, but is possibly even more influenced by his travels, sitting in with musicians all over the world. Hewitt originally called his music “nuevo flamenco,” and that is still a very big part of his musical style, but that style has expanded to an even broader “Latin world” music genre that incorporates elements of jazz as well as classical, rock, and a variety of cultural influences. In other words, Russ Hewitt’s music is impossible to pigeon-hole - always a plus, in my opinion! Hewitt has a unique musical vision and the playing chops to express whatever he chooses to express. He also has some very impressive guest artists that include Larry Carlton, Ardeshir Farah, Alfredo Caceres, and Bob Parr. Cielo Nocturno is eleven tracks of musical magic, all of which were composed by Russ Hewitt.

The rhythmic and joyful “Presidio” gets "Cielo Nocturno" started with a big musical grin, letting the listener know that he or she is getting into something very special. “Samba Sao Paulo” brings a smooth and sophisticated attitude, but it still sounds like fun! The addition of accordion (Vladimir Kaliazine) changes the musical flavor of “Serenidad” a bit, and what a tasty bit that is! I really love this one! “San Elizario” is a city in Hewitt’s home state of Texas, and his musical tribute is bright and vibrant. “North of Home” features guitarist Larry Carlton and has been released as the first single from this album - guitar-driven smooth jazz with a strong Latin influence. The tropical “Arenas Blancas” (White Sands) is warm, breezy, and very relaxing. “Cervezas and Cigars” is party music, pure and simple - and another favorite. I think you’d have to tie your foot to your chair to keep it from tapping to the rhythm! Hewitt’s lightning-fast fingers never slow down on this one! The gently-swaying rhythms of “Um Abraco Do Bossa” give a pleasant interlude, as does the beautiful “Brisa de Monte.” “Persian Sky” cranks the intensity back up and features Ardeshir Farah of Strunz and Farah. What a powerhouse of guitar virtuosity with both Farah and Hewitt pulling out all the stops! “Hike to La Cruz” is a gorgeous closing track for a truly great album.

If you are not yet familiar with Russ Hewitt, you need to fix that right now! I give "Cielo Nocturno" my highest recommendation!

Sandy Shore

Known for his fiery, soulful and intoxicating rumba flamenco rhythms, warm, inviting acoustic melodies and his virtuosic improvisational runs, guitarist Russ Hewitt taps further into his passion for a variety of Latin and other global music vibes on CIELO NOCTURNO. He ensembles with a powerhouse lineup of jazz and Latin greats, including Larry Carlton, Ardeshir Farah (from Strunz & Farah), percussionist Raphael Padilla, drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr. and Gypsy Kings All Stars guitarist Alfredo Caceres. The stars in the CIELO NOCTURNO (Night Sky) are definitely dancing! ~ Jonathan Widran