(Before It's News)
As the eyes of the world linger on Rio de Janerio, the 2016 Olympics and the vibrant Latin music that underpinned it, Saulito Music is proud to announce the release of 'Cielo Nocturno' by guitar virtuoso Russ Hewitt.
Released on the Saulito Music label the collection shimmers with the rumba flamenco rhythms and lightning guitar runs that have become trademarks of Hewitt's distinctive style. Not only that, it includes a stellar line up of musicians including percussionist Raphael Padilla (Miami Sound Machine, Chris Isaak), drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana, Steve Winwood, Chicago), bass player Bob Parr (Cher, Barry White), guitarist Ardeshir Farah (Strunz & Farah), guitarist Alfredo Caceres (Gipsy Kings All-Stars) and most notably Larry Carlton who features on the delightfully easy grooving 'North of Home' which also happens to be the first track serviced to radio.
The recording was produced by Bob Parr and mastered by Chris Bellman (Van Halen, Elton John, Michael Jackson) who also mastered Hewitt's two previous releases, 'Bajo el Sol' and 'Alma Vieja'.
"His creative finger style has no limitations."
Both these albums garnered outstanding reviews from around the world and the favorable opinion gained from 'Bajo el Sol', rapidly translated into prolific airplay, a ten-week stay at #1 on Music Choice and inclusion on 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.
It took up residence on the Smooth Jazz indie charts for 16 weeks and the first track to be released to radio (the dazzlingly Latin flavored title cut) climbed rapidly into the Top 20.
The follow-up single, 'Lydia', enjoyed similar success, peaking at #15 and storming into the Billboard's Top 40. Not content with that, Hewitt then made it three for three with 'El Beso' which also made it onto that same Top 40 listing and was named as one of the top smooth jazz tunes of 2009 by Smoothjazznow.com.
When Russ's sophomore project, 'Alma Vieja' came long in 2011 it delivered two more Top 40 smooth Jazz singles, 'Pacific Sunrise' and 'Samba Samba'.
"This is not one to miss for the true aficionado of the intricacies and flavors of smooth jazz and its close comrades we know as subgenres.
Two thumbs up to Hewitt卆gain."
~Ronald Jackson - The Smooth Jazz Ride
For more information go to www.RussHewittMusic.com