Doug Hewitt: Welcome
The response to the lower CD price has been so great that we are keeping it! More great news: Picasso Tomato has been named by CD Baby as one of their top selling jazz-rock albums! Thanks to you Picasso Tomato is a success.
Picasso Tomato is available at lower prices three different ways: #1: Send a check for $11 (shipping included) to Doug Hewitt PO Box 199 Amherst, MA 01004. #2: Clicking on the little CD below takes you to CD Baby where it's $10 by credit card. #3: For $9 you can download it as MP3 at CD Baby right now! Go figure. Or get both Picasso Tomato and Event Horizons for $18 (shipping incl.) Send a check to Doug Hewitt PO Box 199 Amherst, MA 01004 Check it out by clicking on the little CD...
Check out the new music player at the top of the screen! You can fast-forward to any song from Picasso Tomato. One more new thing: 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 NEW songs currently being recorded for his 7th album. The band is Doug guitar and vocals, John Crankshaw drums, Mitch Pine piano & vocals, Lynn Lovell bass, Danielle Lorenzo violin & vocals & David Beauvais sax. 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. Our primary venues are The Yellow Sofa in Northampton Massachusetts -where we focus on our original music, Sam's Cafe, also in Northampton -where we play classic and original jazz, and The Harp in Amherst -where we rock out with covers of Beatles, Dead, Stevie Wonder, Bowie.. 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
Picasso Tomato is a jazz/rock album with a high degree of stylistic diversity. I intentionally placed songs of contrast next to each other. (click on LISTEN above) 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!
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.