Chasing Horizons

Cielo Nocturno

 “Score 9.5 of 10. Cielo Nocturno pushed new boundaries & without compromise to the integrity to his established sound.” Arthur Gonzales, Rock N Roll Industries

 “… the colors just rush out, lay claim to your heart and soul, and proceed to caress them throughout the album.” Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride

“Immediately draws listeners in with engrossing and emotive arrangements…a stellar album that showcases a number of distinct musical styles and influences.” James McQuiston, Neufutur

“…Cielo Nocturno exceeds all expectations from this artist that grows in his compositional capabilities.” Michael Debbage, Mainly Piano

“MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 5.00.” Rotcod Zzaj, Contemporary Fusion 

 “Young lion loaded to the back molars with talent, chops, finesse, and discernment” Mark S. Tucker, Veritas Vampirus

“Now he looks distinctly likely to go ‘three for three’ with his latest effort ‘Cielo Nocturno’…too good to miss!” Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy

“Hewitt’s music is creative, beautiful, enticing, and makes you never want to stop listening.” Dr.Jessie Voigts, Wandering Educators

“Hewitt doesn’t sacrifice the aesthetics for technical mastery. He combines them.” Matt Jensen, Divide and Conquer

“…with great virtuosity, creates with his Latin Guitar a spectrum of music inspired by Flamenco Rumba, with a brilliant and personal style.” Pablo Rego, Anthropomusic

“Russ Hewitt comes across as an assertive Ottmar Liebert as he mixes rich melodies with accessible grooves.” George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

“The stars in the Cielo Nocturno are definitely dancing!” Jonathan Widran, Smooth Jazz Global

“With the introduction of each new song, I found myself interweaving the emotions the music evoked in me…” The Maddest Hatter, Soundcheck DFW

“Hewitt’s guitar work comes across with an underlying attitude that sets him apart from his counterparts.” Michael’s Corner, Undiscovered Artists

“…fascinating infusions of melodies and Latin rhythms, funk and jazz can all be found in Cielo Nocturno.” Rossana Pasturenzi, Guitar Club

“The brilliant guitar symmetry weaves in and out through the mixes and arrangements.” Scott Thomas, Guitarz Forever

“This features some exceptional Latin guitar playing…it’s also very entertaining.” G. W. Hill, Music Street Journal

“…I have been personally inspired by listening to this new album… adding this album into your collection is an absolute must.” Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

“Impeccably recorded with a bright, sparkling sound, the music is rhythmic and upbeat, overflowing with the joy of making music.” Alan Mercer’s PROFILE

“If you are not yet familiar with Russ Hewitt, you need to fix that now! I give it my highest recommendation!” Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano

“Hewitt, a virtuoso of the guitar…first class melodies are created that unfold throughout the songs.” Cutaway Guitar Magazine

“His musical interpretations, his ability to deliver virtuosic improvisational musical visions from his guitar is nothing short of stunning!” Paul Mac, Phase Global Radio

“Already amassing an impressive discography, Hewitt moves himself to the head of the class here…” Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Russ Hewitt just might be the most talented guitar player I heard all year…Cielo Nocturno is the best of it’s kind.” Scott Itter, Dr. Music

“One of the best Spanish/Latin guitarists recording today…” Bill Binkelman, Retailing Insight Magazine

“Improvisation in his original compositions filled with ecstatic lover of Flamenco, carioca, creole for its deep jazz mixes.” Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe

“With Russ’s deft touch ‘Cielo Nocturno’ is a udder delight.” Alan Taylor, Pipeline Instrumental Review

“A nice introduction to Russ! Warm acoustic Nuevo Flamenco with a dash of Smooth Jazz.” Patrick Van de Wiele, Keys and Chords

“This music has an unbelievable inner power. It stirs your soul from the very first moments…” Serge Kozlovsky, critic and author

“Aficionados of Nuevo Flamenco will find in this album their musical home.” Hans-Bernd Hülsmann, Smooth Jazz Daily

Bajo El Sol

…you’ll dig instantly the infectious tunes…Jonathan Widran, Jazz Monthly

Such a beautiful, emotional and sometimes haunting serving of nuevo flamenco…Christie Banks, Palm Living Magazines

…showcases to perfection his burgeoning ability as a songwriter.Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy

In 20+ years in the Dallas music scene, I have never encountered this level of talent.Mark Beneventi, Lit Monthly

Get used to hearing and saying the name because this guitar virtuoso is a star in the making.Beth Lewis, listening loft –

…contains some of the most colorful, vibrant and exotic Latin/flamenco-style smooth jazz found on any shore.Ronald Jackson, Smooth Jazz Vibes

I love the way Russ uses his fluid fingering skills…Rich Soos, Eartaste

…uncanny ability to write melodies that speak to the soul…Scott Itter, Dr.Music

… he infuses each tune with his own unique character, the way (all) music was meant to be played.Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

…really rather beautiful and just the soundtrack album for a warm summers evening.Paul Riley, Total Music Magazine

“…outstanding technique and a obvious sense of melody, rhythm and dynamics.” Alan Taylor, Pipeline Instrumental Review

“Bajo el Sol is a profusion of melodies, rhythms, fraseados, textures, timbres, feelings, colors, tones, at last, a meeting of all the elements that construct a musical workmanship of high level.” Luis Roberto Costa, Musical Sun

“Russ Hewitt’s solo debut is so impressive that he is capable of putting Texas on the Nuevo Flamenco guitar map with his distinctive fusion of Latin and jazz themes stirred with a little underlying rock and roll attitude.” Michael Debbage, Mainly Piano

“…completely envelop listeners throughout…” Dan Kaplin, The Celebrity Cafe

“As soon as you start listening to Bajo El Sol you know that even if you can not dance you are going to want to try! The music on this CD is erotic, sensual, sexy and sometimes haunting.” Leigh Hurst, West Coast Rockers

“… this will remain in my personal CD collection.” Mike Cavanaugh, All Access Magazine

“Hewitt displays technique and talent to spare as he adroitly lets passion and power fly up and down the fretboard and across the strings.” Bill Binkelman, New Age Retailer

“It is always an exciting moment for any reviewer to see a birth of a new star.” Serge Kozlovsky

“Exceptional guitarist, Russ Hewitt’s new release Bajo el Sol is a mix of colorful, vibrant and exotic Latin Flamenco style smooth jazz.” Paul Martinez, Bull Fighters Cafe

“Ostensibly, Bajo El Sol is very much a modern, instrumental Nuevo Flamenco album yet peer a little under the surface and you’ll find a guitar-centric album of enormous depth and musical appeal.” Robert Silverstein, MWE3

“Top ten 100 point rated ‘wine music’ from the last 5 years!” Carol Duboc, Wine and Music

“…Russ has been referred to as a “guitar god,” and with good reason! The man can play!!!” interview from Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano

“Thank you for this [Bajo el Sol] extraordinary inspiration for my writing.” Angela P, Cheerios and Pearls Stories Blog

“Simply put, Russ Hewitt is one amazing talent to look for in the future.” Randy K , Jazzuality Interview

“…Hewitt looks to be on his way to becoming the King of Nuevo Flamenco.” Emily Martin, Black White Read

“Brilliant fuse of flamenco and smooth contemporary jazz…amazing precise fretwork…” Randy K, Jazzuality

“Bajo El Sol is a grand album, full of mellifluous and sinuous tunes… trying to select a few tracks above the rest is impossible.” John M Peters, The Borderland

“…listeners will be blown away by the tapestry of sound Hewitt weaves.” Wildy Haskell, Wildys World blog

“Russ Hewitt’s music fuses the exotic flavours of the Middle East with an exuberance that only seems to live within the best gypsy music. It’s technically astounding but most of all you’ll just want to dance…” Chris Mann,

“Impeccably recorded… Hewitt is nothing less than a guitar virtuoso…” Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano

“Simply a wonderful outing…” Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Exhibits strength in its spiritedness and zest…” Micheal Haley, Indie-Music

“Russ Hewitt is a true virtuoso – his instrument conveys the widest palette of emotions.” Radiomagico

“Brilliant debut by guitarist Russ Hewitt.” Javier Garcia Escamez, No Solo Smooth Jazz

“…aims to redefine ‘Nuevo Flamenco’…” La Factoria Del Ritmo

“He is the embodiment of his craft…” Kevin White, Harder Beat

Alma Vieja

“Amazing!” Chris Mann,

“…Hewitt’s music is immensely listenable, hugely entertaining and offers many a new twist to the genre…” Bill Binkelman, Retailing Insight

“Arguably the best guitarist to ever hail from DFW area…” Mark Beneventi, Lit Monthly

“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

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

“Originality seems to be a very definite and integral part of Hewitt’s overall appeal and style.” Ronald Jackson, The  Smooth Jazz Ride

“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, Mainly Piano

“There are 11 sparkling tunes and i can guarantee that you’ll fall in love with Russ’s talent-filled playing.” Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

“…the sound is rich and bursting with superb musicianship.” John M Peters, The Borderland

“This second record work of Russ Hewitt comes to consolidate its artistic race like virtuoso of the guitar.” Javier Garcia Escamez, No Solo Smooth Jazz

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

“…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, Midwest Record

“…knows how to bring the joy of Latin Jazz, Flamenco, Cuban or south American into the new and more modern dimension…” Randy K, Jazzuality

“Hewitt dazzles with his usual deft flamenco jazz sound…” Robert Silverstein, MWE3

“A passionate enthusiastic album full of Flamenco exhilarations and zeal.” Scott Thomas, Guitarz Forever

“Contemporary wizard of the Flamenco and Smooth Jazz genres…” The Sound Guitar Magazine interview

“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

Interview by Zzaj Productions

“Bravo to Russ Hewitt for his second guitar masterpiece!” Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano

“…able 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

“…in row with the most outstanding flamenco masters of the present.” Serge Kozlovsky

“A superb guitarist…” Ieesha Chandler, Cover2Cover

“Beautiful Album…Highly recommend getting your hand on this one.” Distracked Music Blog

“Alma Vieja” was ranked #4 on Dr.Music’s best album of the year in 2011