Lush rich guitar mastery Russ Hewitt – Chasing Horizons

Lush rich guitar mastery Russ Hewitt – CHASING HORIZONS:  The most lovely thing about reviewing (all kinds of) music is that I often get to become “re-acquainted” with an artist (I first reviewed him for this magazine on his stunning “Cielo Nocturno” album)… you’ll see and hear the lush, rich guitar mastery that Russ provides for you on the opening track for the new album, “Allende“, in the video below…

If you enjoyed that as much as I did, you’ll want to be sure you SUBSCRIBE to his Russ Hewitt music channel on YouTube… I signed up for it right away.

Russ originally intended to release this album right around the time the pandemic hit… because he didn’t release it then, he was able to include several guest artists on the album (Nuno Bettencourt Marty Friedman, Bucharest All-Star Orchestra, Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah and Tri Nguyen), as well as his bandmates, Drums – WALFREDO REYES JR, Bass/Keyboards – BOB PARR, Percussion – RAFAEL PADILLA and Percussion – EFREN GUZMAN, which really adds marvelous depth to the release as you’ll hear on the title track, “Chasing Horizons“, featuring Nuno on nylon-stringed guitar… you’ve never heard Nuevo Flamenco more inspiring than this tune, folks!

The inclusion of the Bucharest All-Star Orchestra on “Amor Perdido” (Lost Love) makes for a listening experience both stunning and refreshing… I find myself listening to this song over and over (and OVER) again, and have no doubt you will, too.

If it’s lively percussion that “takes you to the limit”, on “Cubalia Cafe“, you’ll find the toe-tapping musical magic that Russ and his players create for you very much to your liking!

It was actually easy to make my choice for personal favorite of the ten tantalizing songs offered up… “Sunset Samba” will give you visions of dancing the night away under starlit skies forever and ever!

It’s great to be back in “review mode” after a somewhat “rocky summer”, and there couldn’t be a better album to do that with… Russ and his players get a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this most enjoyable album.

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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