Russ Hewitt Cielo Nocturno Music Review

Russ Hewitt Cielo Nocturno Music Review by Scott Thomas

Hello peeps, It's been a long while since I've done a CD review. I've been so busy that my creativity level has been waning. However, I feel like I'm back on my game today... 

Moving forward, I received some music I would like to share with you. My friend Russ Hewitt has a new CD out ‘Cielo Nocturno’... If you like rumba flamenco rhythms and lightning guitar runs with smooth Jazz vibes then this CD belongs in your collection of relaxing music. Have a sit down and recline...

What intrigues me most about this type of music is the overall sound is tranquil, pristine and clean. Flawless!!! The instrumentation is recorded well. Every instrument has it own space and at the same the overall vibe is very cohesive. From the very first tune "Presidio" thru the last song "Hike to La Cruz" you will be immersed in alluring thought-provoking acoustic Nuevo Flamenco Jazz melodies.

The brilliant guitar symmetry weaves in and out through the mixes and arrangements all the while giving balance to the overall production. In the crazy world we live in today, the human race needs more pleasing music like this. The refreshing tunes give you the feelings of freedom and openness. These serene songs conjure up images of evening sunsets, morning sunrises, romantic moments, and happy times. Russ' talent for songwriting is evident through out.

Within the tempos and infectious beats you start to feel energized amidst the delightful almost playful styling of legendary percussionist Walfredo Reyes Jr. and Raphael Padilla... Yes, the music is colorful and magical. You can feel the molecules shimmer and dance in the space around you. 

The album 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.

When it's time to step out of the rat race we call "Life", and a need to get back to center... You know, recoup your sanity and reclaim your soul, then make no haste and get this fine album of exquisite music today.

~ Five Starz