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Frank Hewitt

Frank Hewitt was a fixture on the New York jazz scene since the mid-fifties. Over the years he played regularly with Cecil Payne, Howard McGhee, Charles Davis, and the late saxophone legend Clarence "C" Sharpe. He was the featured artist at Smalls for over eight years until his passing on September 5th, 2002 at age 66. He appeared in the Living Theater's landmark production of "The Connection," and played with Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, John Coltrane, among a long list of notables. Musicians acknowledge him as a master, and the most under-recognized bebop pianist of his generation. His influences were Elmo Hope, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk

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Leron Thomas: Zen-Mode Humor

Read "Leron Thomas: Zen-Mode Humor" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

The chances of four people conducting a Google search on Leron Thomas that result in all four of them to make the same conclusion about the trumpeter is low. While certain facts--like his time at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) in Houston and The New School in New York--will remain true, arguments ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Saxophonist Chris Byars Interviewed at AAJ

Saxophonist Chris Byars Interviewed at AAJ

As legendary jazz vibraphonists Teddy Charles describes him, “It's not easy to be Chris Byars. With an incredible array of talents brought to bear on his composition, arrangements, and cooking jazz performances, it's no wonder he's worked his way to the forefront of the myriad of jazz players overwhelming the scene." Byars has been working hard ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Chris Byars: Studying Unsung Heroes

Read "Chris Byars: Studying Unsung Heroes" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

[Introduction by Teddy Charles] It's not easy to be Chris Byars. With an incredible array of talents brought to bear on his composition, arrangements, and cooking jazz performances, it's no wonder he's worked his way to the forefront of the myriad of jazz players overwhelming the scene. For me, our felicitous association led to multiple gigs ...

Fresh From the Cooler

Label: Smalls Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: 01. I Waited For You (Fuller-Gillespie) - 7:21; 02. Conception (Shearing) - 7:21; 03. I Can't Get Started (Duke) - 10:34; 04. Cherokee (Noble) - 5:43; 05. Monk's Mood (Monk) - 13:03; 06. Tenor Madness (Rollins) - 12:03; 07. Peace (Silver) - 8:58.

Out of the Clear Black Sky

Label: Smalls Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Misty; The Girl from Ipanema; This Isn't New; Manteca; Lover; I Married An Angel; Misty.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Hewitt: Fresh From the Cooler

Read "Fresh From the Cooler" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Morto di cancro il 5 settembre 2002 all'età di 66 anni, il pianista Frank Hewitt resta uno dei migliori pianisti bop e, allo stesso tempo, il meno considerato. Sembra incredibile ma quand'era in vita non ebbe modo di pubblicare alcun disco a suo nome: appena un suo brano entrò nella compilation della Impulse! Jazz Underground: Live ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Hewitt: Out of the Clear Black Sky

Read "Out of the Clear Black Sky" reviewed by Jay Deshpande

Because jazz is so fundamentally wound up in its own history, it can often be difficult for fans to accept a new voice. The canon of jazz players is set in stone--how could there be a great voice that we have overlooked? However, there come times for just such paradigm shifts. Frank Hewitt prompts us to ...

Fresh from the Cooler

Label: Smalls Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: I Waited for You; Conception; I Can't Get Started; Cherokee; Monk's Mood; Tenor Madness; Peace.


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