Doug Hewitt: Welcome
Sizzling sax solos and whispering acoustic guitar. Passionate lyrics and delicious vocal harmonies. Trumpets, piano and strings swelling to crescendo...
"We orbit around a spiral sublime. And burn in the fire that we call time. All roads converge, return to stardust. Small difference we make. That's why we must. The world awakes. Consciousness rise. Born of the earth with roots in the sky."
Roots In The Sky is the most fully realized and best produced album I have ever recorded. After hundreds of hours in the recording studio it's ready for the world at last: a powerfully and beautifully orchestrated rock-jazz-pop-vocal-instrumental-electric-acoustic record. Romance, environmentalism, philosophy, politics... Cosmic, retro, futuristic, sometimes old timey. Solos featuring piano, trumpet, saxophone and guitar, accompanied by cello, violin, viola, horns and lush voice harmonies.
"I feel your body next to mine, warm and soft arms entwined, and the ticking of the time, are the first things I know today. I have no words to say, searching for a way, to make each moment last, soon this will be past."
Writing and recording took place between 2007 and 2013, enlisting the talents of the best musicians I have ever worked with: Ariel Parkington violin & viola, Bill Shontz alto & tenor sax, flute & clarinet, Dave Bilodeau trumpet & flugelhorn, Danielle Lorenzo & Megan Rollins vocals, David Tasgal violin, viola & cello, Frank Newton alto sax, Joe Fitzpatrick drums, Michael Akrep baritone horn, Mitch Pine piano & organ, Rudi Weeks bass, Stephen Katz cello. And of course me, Doug Hewitt guitars, vocals, bass, keys, percussion, composition, production and direction!
"Whatever it takes, whatever's involved. Differences aside, problems we must solve. Extinction's forever. We must evolve 'til it's OK to be human."
For Doug Hewitt Roots In The Sky CD send a check for $14 to Doug Hewitt PO Box 199 Amherst, MA 01004, shipping included. OR go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/doughewitt2 OR click on the link below for CD Baby where it's $13 plus shipping or $10 download.
Picasso Tomato is a jazz/rock album with a high degree of stylistic diversity. I intentionally placed songs of contrast next to each other. Maybe it's for that reason that some reviewers have called Picasso Tomato a "concept album." Others have noted its writing, musicianship and production values. I will say that this album represents three years of my very best work. It is music of the heart and hundreds of studio hours. The painting on the cover reflects the artistic diversity of this CD -like a gallery where each room features a different style: abstract, realist, impressionist... A wide-ranging album with original songs spanning jazz to rock and folk with classical excursions. In addition to my electric and acoustic guitars and voice there's lots of great musicians playing a variety of instruments: violin, saxophone, piano, synthesizer, tons of harmonies, drums, bass and percussion. This is music of the round in a cube world. Or maybe versa-visa. Unexpect the expected. It has become less common to include more than one genre or energetic state on a single album. To bookend rock and folk styles between jazz instrumentals can render an album virtually unclassifiable. I have always appreciated diversity and eclecticism in art. I hope you enjoy!
For Doug Hewitt Picasso Tomato CD send a check for $11 to Doug Hewitt PO Box 199 Amherst, MA 01004, shipping included. OR go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/doughewitt OR click on the little CD below for CD Baby where it's $10, plus shipping -or $9 download. OR get both Picasso Tomato and Event Horizons CDs for $20 by sending a check to Doug Hewitt, shipping included.
Check out the music player at the top of the screen! You can fast-forward to any song from Roots In The Sky and Picasso Tomato. And more new stuff: check out the new PHOTO page. (go to PHOTOS in menu above)
The Doug Hewitt Group's music is a uniquely original fusion of rock & jazz -drawing from Doug's 30+ years of songwriting- and covers ranging from Coltrane to Bowie. The DHG plays selections from his albums Picasso Tomato, Event Horizons, Zen Cats and Freedom's Fire, plus songs from his new album Roots In The Sky -due out in early 2014. Their sound has been compared to Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Pat Metheny. The Doug Hewitt Group performs three types of shows: jazz, rock and originals which fuse those genres. Come to a DHG show and expect to hear great music played by amazing musicians. Venues we have played recently are Luthier's Coop -Easthampton MA, Great Falls Discovery Center -Turners Falls MA, Sam's Cafe -Northampton MA, Deja Brew Cafe -Wendell MA. Come to a DHG show and expect to hear great music played by amazing musicians. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
We see you taking pictures at our concerts. Email them to us and get "photo by..." on this website! Watercourse@aol.com. OTHER bands I am currently playing with are: The SHONTZ, PINE & HEWITT JAZZ TRIO, The JANOSON & HEWITT JAZZ DUO and The NANCY ROCKLAND-MILLER BAND. Plus I am a frequent guest guitarist with the PACE Jazz Band, The Northampton Jazz Jam, The Basement Club Jazz Band and the Interplay Jazz Band. You never know where I may be next! Well, actually now you CAN find out where I will be with the CALENDAR link at the top of the page.
In the '90s Doug and brother Scott's band Zen Cats toured the Northeast to fans hungry for the sound of our unique jazz-tinged high-energy rock. The album Event Horizons also includes some gentler and introspective bluesy and jazzy pieces. 12 songs that make you feel like you are at a live Zen Cats concert! Very much a collaboration, the Hewitt brothers share the songwriting credits on this album. Doug: guitar & vocals, Scott: bass, Glen Stegner: keys, Dave Noonan, Loren Weisman and Scott MacIntire: drums. Extra points to anyone who can tell us what the cover is a photograph of!
A great art-rock album and a band name was born when I sent my brother a demo tape of the mostly finished music for this album and Scott sent back an envelope full of lyrics. 12 eclectic, electric, acoustic, progressive rock, jazz, folk, outside-the-box songs. We even named a song Zen Cats.