Alan’s New Cd “High Fidelity“
Utherworlds Original Soundtrack
||Alan Hewitt is the composer on the critically acclaimed Utherworlds..
Alan Hewitt is the composer on the critically acclaimed Utherworlds. Utherworlds is based on the imagery of Phil Straub. To complement the Utherworlds book, Phil Straub’s Unity Entertainment company has created an evocative theatrical soundtrack with renowned composer Alan Hewitt including the Utherworlds Theme, and compositions on the major characters and locations of the Dream and Nightmare Realms.
An Utherworlds web site also adds another dimension to Phil Straub’s Utherworlds universe with remarkable animations bringing the languages of Hope and Fear to life, and providing a blog and online forums to further develop the Utherworlds story beyond the book.
1. Utherworlds Theme
4. Realm of Dreams
5. Realm of Nightmares
7. The Mark
9. For The Love of Family
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Alan Hewitt Retroactive
Retroactive, features performances from Greg Adams (Tower of Power), Paul Jackson, Jr., Steve Madaio (Stevie Wonder) and Steve Oliver.
The first single is an intoxicating arrangement of the 70s Isaac Hayes classic, “Shaft.”
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2 All For You
4 Nassau Blue
5 Hot Fun In The Summertime
6 In The Works
7 Saturday Afternoon
8 Amagine That
9 Big Bang
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Alan Hewitt Moves Forward With Retroactive
Genre: Jazz – Smooth
Alan Hewitt – piano and keyboards, Jervonny Collier – bass, Ian Martin – bass, Brian Price – bass, Chad Wright – drums, Gerald Spikes – saxophones, Andre Dorsett – additional keyboards, Steve Madaio – trumpet, Wendell Kelly – trombone, Will Donato – saxophone and flute
Shaft, All For You, Retroactive, Nassau Blue, Hot Fun In The Summertime, In The Works, Saturday Afternoon, Amagine That, Big Bang, H2O
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Alan Hewitt | Retroactive
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Smooth Jazz Therapy
The very best from the world of smooth jazz and classic soul.
JANUARY 31, 2010
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Alan Hewitt’s new offering Metropolis puts it all together, making it a must have for any contemporary jazz fan, or for that matter any music fan. While Metropolis features Hewitt’s unmistakable way with a catchy hook and seductive groove, he brings an intensely urban, neo jazz flow into the mix, balancing the lush ballads with edgier tunes.
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1 Vibe (intro)
3 Velvet Kisses
5 Hot Fun In The Summetime
6 Swingin’ On Sunset
7 Liquid Blue
8 So In Love (Interlude)
9 So In Love
10 Lost In Emotion
ARTISTS: Gerald Spikes, Jervonny Collier, Brian Pric, Chad Wright, Shea Chambers, Steve Madaio, Wendell Kelly and Steve Oliver.
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Noche de Pasion
|| The spotlight rarely shone upon his face, and center stage is not the place he would normally call a second home. His name is not readily recognized by those of us outside the recording industry, unless you, like me, read the fine print on album covers. It is within the information about the supporting cast of a recording venture that his name would appear
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Track Guest Artist
Noche de Pasion Eugw Groove
Breathless Steve Madaio
Love Feeds the Fire Michael Lington
Sweet Thing Jonathan Butler
U Touch Me Mindi Abair
Inside My Dreams Shea Chambers
Viva la Noche John DeFaria
Captured Gerald Spikes
Blue Sky John DeFaria
Reminisce Gerald Spikes
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Escape From Life
||Music is as elemental to Alan Hewitt as his heartbeat. Combining lessons learned in his adventures as an artist, composer, producer he created the beautiful melodies and pulsing rhythms for Escape From Life.
Music is as elemental to Alan Hewitt as his heart beat. He lives music. Alan was given a unique gift few others received; the ability to make a diversity of musical styles from rock to jazz to R&B to classical his own.
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4 secret garden
5 west of eden
6 fire & ice
9 china forest
10 jungle fever
11 lost temple
12 i machine
13 high impact
14 escape from life
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|| ”The concept of Native Heart came like a vision, the music just flowed through, there were no rules, no guidelines, just inspiration!”
Perhaps Alan feels an affinity with the native soul, being brought up in Petoskey, Michigan (named after the Ottawa Indian chief Petoskey) where daily pow wows and storytelling were a regular occurrence
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Alan is lead vocalist on “Native Heart” and is featured on piano, synthesizer, drums and African percussion. Jon Defaria (Kitaro, Jon Secada, Miami Sound Machine) contributes on nylon guitar as well as electric guitars. Randy Mitchell (Donna Sommers) plays acoustic and electric guitars. Marty Ward (Marty Ward CD – Midwest Records) performs on alto, tenor and soprano sax. Jim Ross (David Benoit, David Foster) plays viola.
Paul Klingberg, award winning engineer (Earth, Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Urban Knights, Pat Metheny, etc.) mixed “Native Heart” in Dolby Surround* at Mama Joes Studio in Hollywood.
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1 Intro Afrika
2 Yaeo – Love is Water
3 Mystical Dawn
4 Native Heart
8 Seven Arrows
9 Morning Mist
10 Afrika – Reprise
||Sands of the Kalahari. Amazon Rain Forest, & Big Sur “Voyages” the visually Enhanced CD on 215 Music.
All music composed, arranged and produced by Alan
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Kalahari Track Listing
1. Sands of Kalahari
2. Okevango Delta
3. Last Eden
4. Ritual of the Lion
5. Desert Dawn
6. Tswana Nomads
8. Nxai Pan Reserve
Amazon Rain Forest Track Listing
2. Jungle Cathedral
4. Amazon Rain Forest
5. Last Conquistadors
6. Village of the Xingu
7. Amazon Sunset
8. Final Frontier
Big Sur Track Listing
1. Big Sur
2. Jade Cove
3. Legend of Lobos
4. Redwood Retreat
5. Whale’s Song
6. Santa Lucia
7. Carmel by the Sea
8. Surreal Shores
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Chances are very likely that you have heard Alan Hewitt’s music before without ever knowing it.
The keyboardist/composer/producer has a number of music projects to his credit including songs
featured in movies such as Bridget Jones and The Edge of Reason, in addition to instrumentals
specifically made for television shows like Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and the
Oprah Winfrey Show. Hewitt is not one to remain confined to a recording studio.
He has shown a penchant for enjoying the thrill of performing live in front of audiences, and
takes great pleasure in playing on jazz cruises and has even embraced the role of being the music
coordinator on some of them in the past. The energy that he soaks up while performing on stage
with fellow musician seems to fuel his impetus to compose new material, which he is proudly
presenting on his solo CD Retroactive.
An ardent smooth jazz musician, Hewitt sculpts every track into a fine piece of workmanship.
Produced byHewitt and Paul Klingberg, Retroactive offers a delightful repertoire with relaxing
R&B curves, smooth funk grooves, contemporary jazz motifs, and nightclub-inspired nuances.
Each song has its own intricate detailing whether it’s the vivacious guitar raptures of Brian Price
in “Saturday Afternoon,” or the sinuous curls of Will Donato’s saxophone in “H2O,” or fluttering
chimes of Hewitt’s xylophone in “Amagine That,” each track comes alive with its personalized traits.
Hewitt’s keyboards beautify the tracks ranging his models from dazzling swirls to soft trickling
droplets depending go which way the mood of the music moves him. His interpretation of Isaac Haynes’
popular single “Shaft” takes the R&B/funk gilded pop track into the realm of contemporary jazz.
Hewitt is an artist in the true sense of the word shaping frilly guitar riffs and nimble piano
keys in “Big Bang” which trail off into a series of flashing sparks while the gentle fluidity of
“Nassau Blue” fosters a mood conducive to cuddling.
Retroactive displays Alan Hewitt’s keen melodic sensibilities and prolific imaginings. A smooth jazz
buff to his core, Hewitt’s music reflects the beauty inherent in life and cranks up its positive
vibrations to an exhilarating pitch.
The casual music fan probably will not recognize Alan Hewitt by name. But it is possible they
have heard his scores for television, movies and video games. Lots of fellow musicians, especially
in the smooth jazz community, have appreciated his production skills, arrangements and keyboard
wizardry. Ever since graduating from one of music’s prestigious institutions, Hewitt kept refining
his songwriting chops in a variety of settings both behind and in front of the scenes. With his
last three releases: Noche de Pasion, Metropolis and his latest work Retroactive, Hewitt is now
considered one of smooth jazz’s more respected players. Through it all, he gives credit to music
executive David Chackler, founder of Hewitt’s current label home nuGroove Records (home to ground
breaking jazz sensations Down To The Bone), for being a major support system invarious phases of
The Los Angeles-based Hewitt is a multi-gifted musician who began as a drummer and vocalist.
While studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he added piano and keyboards to his arsenal.
Once he graduated, Hewitt paid many dues inside the recording studio playing for artists representing
almost every genre from his idols Earth Wind& Fire to Donny Osmond. But it was more than his
instrumental prowess that brought Hewitt to further prominence. The more experience he gained in
the studio, the more he grew in confidence with his compositional skills. Some of Hewitt’s incidental
and soundtracks for TV and movies include Survivor-South America, Oprah, Bridget Jones and
Gods & Generals. Hewitt also orchestrated the music for Utherworlds - a fantasy themed book centering
on hope versus fear.
With all his extraordinary musicality to give, he found his solo voice in the contemporary jazz market;
beginning with the 2004 release, the Latin-edged Noche de Pasion on 215 Records. Through a series of
cruises, he naturally bonded with veteran jazzmen Boney James and Norman Brown. In 2008, Hewitt was
involved in a cruise meshing popular smooth jazz musicians and hit-making soul stars – i.e. Motown greats,
The Four Tops and funk band, Kool & The Gang.
Hewitt’s appreciation of jazz and soul are evident throughout most of Retroactive. One example is the
Isaac Hayes soundtrack staple, “Shaft.” Taking on a song of this caliber can be a risk. Yet Hewitt
pulls this task off because he is extremely sensitive to the grooves from the original version.
“Hot Fun In The Summertime” (an encore performance first heard on Metropolis), though not exactly
aligned with Sly & The Family Stone’s smash hit, is sliced and diced to perfection. Every once in a
while, Hewitt decides to change up the mood; case in point“Big Bang” complete with fuzz guitar fills,
funky breaks and a killer horn section. Speaking of the funk and nothing but the funk, the acid-jazz
flavored “In The Works” has all the trimmings including a delicious vibe solo that could make Roy Ayers
take notice. The title track adds several smooth layers of funk frosting; from the electric piano hooks
to the brief but dazzling guitar harmonics and the dancing organ from Hewitt.
Overall, Retroactive should bring more recognition for Hewitt’s giftings as a jazz player who can
shift from rock to pop to funk with pure ease. In all sincerity, even though Hewitt can play and
arrange anything his heart desires, he deserves to be a shining star in the contemporary jazz limelight.
The Urban Music Scene
Alan Hewitt - Retroactive
The much anticipated new CD from keyboard maestro Alan Hewitt is out now. Titled ‘Retroactive’
it is entirely up to expectations and as well as following his magnificent 2006 release ‘Metropolis’
is also Hewitt’s first in collaboration with the consistently excellent nuGroove label. With the
exception of one stunning cover (and a tasty reprise from ‘Metropolis’) Hewitt writes arranges and
co-produces throughout while his trademark keys prove yet again the ability he has to reach to the
very essence of smooth jazz. Not only that, the contributions made by regular band members
Jervonny Collier, Chad Wright, Brian Price and Gerald Spikes bestow an overall tightness that is
quite simply a joy to behold.
‘Retroactive’ is quickly up and running with Hewitt’s feisty cover of the Isaac Hayes blockbuster
‘Shaft’. Blessed by the silky input of Steve Madaio, Will Donato and Steve Clark, who here masquerade
under the name of the Desert Storm Horns, it seems likely, even at this early stage, to stick around to
become one of the covers of the year. In fact this stellar horn section of trumpet, sax and trombone
adds a luscious veneer to no less than five of the tracks. Another is the catchy foot tapping title
cut for which the description ‘infectious’ is totally apt and there is more of the amazing same with
the up tempo ‘In The Works’. With a groove to die for it is already a firm Smooth Jazz Therapy favorite.
Trumpeter Steve Madaio played a significant part on the ‘Metropolis’ project and when Hewitt returns to
it for his tight interpretation of the Sly Stone composition ‘Hot Love In The Summertime’ it is Madaio
who blends with Wendell Kelly on trombone to lay a brassy foundation for Hewitt’s picture perfect keys.
The song shimmers with wonderfully restrained vocals from Shea Chambers and elsewhere, as Hewitt slips
easily into the sumptuously mid tempo ‘All For You’, his vibey playing dovetails effortlessly with
handsome sax from Gerald Spikes. In similar vein, and inclusive of a cool guitar solo from Paul Jackson Jr,
is the tender ‘Saturday Afternoon’ whilst another hugely accessible tune in a collection crammed full
of them is the seriously addictive ‘H2O’. Fellow nuGroove label-mate Steve Oliver features on guitar and
a further guest performance of note is that by the incomparable Greg Adams whose distinctive trumpet
takes the mid tempo ‘Nassau Blue’ to a different place.
Hewitt uses the sensitive but edgy ‘Amagine That’ as the vehicle for a spine tingling solo effort on
piano and vibes yet in complete contrast is the raucous ‘Big Bang’. Thoroughly off the chain and with
more horn enriched energy this is a number that really rocks.
‘Retroactive’ is Hewitt’s sixth album and is a brilliant early addition to this year’s new music.
It comes highly recommended. For more go to www.alanhewitt.com
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Hewitt generates sparks on the opening track “JoyRide,” cutting loose on the piano with help from
Gerald Spike’s tenor sax. The great songs just keep coming, each one better than the last. Highlights
include Alan’s own version of Sly Stone’s lengendary “Hot Fun in the Summertime”, “Swingin’ On
Sunset” and title track “Metroplois”.
The band on Metropolis spotlights some of the best musicians in contemporary jazz, including sax
extroidinaire Gerald Spikes (Paul Jackson Jr.) bassist Jervonni Collier (Bruce Hornsby), guitarists
Brian Price (Jazz Crusaders), drummer Chad Wright (Kieko Matsui),trumpeter Steve Madaio
(Stevie Wonder,Rolling Stones) along with vocalist Shea Chambers, Hewitt’s longtime friend
co-producer Paul Klingberg (Earth, Wind & Fire,Jonathon Butler) and a special guest appearance
on guitar by Steve Oliver (High Noon, Chips & Salsa) .
People Magazine recently called him “one of music’s best kept secrets.” I’m telling you right here and
right now that it’s time for the secret to be out. Keyboardist/Composer/Producer Alan Hewitt is on his
way to becoming a Smooth Jazz superstar. He long ago established his credentials writing, producing,
and playing on records from Earth, Wind & Fire to Jonathan Butler to Donnie Osmond. Now he’s showing
up as a featured artist on Smooth Jazz cruises, which is no small accomplishment, and he’s just released
his second solo Smooth Jazz album, METROPOLIS. It’s a fantastic project, too, full of accessible,
radio-friendly tracks that you’ll be hearing for a long time to come. I submit the first single (the tasty and
in-the-pocket “JoyRide”) as strong evidence that he’s an artist whose time has come, and you can bet
Mr. Hewitt’s tunes will be format staples well into the future. Every track on the album sounds awesome
and works perfectly, from the ultra-smooth “Velvet Kisses” to the festive “Soleil,” featuring Steve Oliver
on guitar. His ever-so-fresh and innovative approach to the one cover tune on the disc, “Hot Fun in the
Summertime,” featuring Sheila “Shea” Chambers on the vocal refrain, is definitely a highlight to my ear,
and a perfect example of how you can make something hot sound so cool. Sly Stone’s tune never
sounded so smooth and sultry! Make no mistake about it; Alan Hewitt’s METROPOLIS belongs in every
discerning Smooth Jazz lover’s library.
~ SCOTT O’BRIEN
Perhaps you saw it listed among the closing credits that swiftly scrolled pass our searching eyes as we
strained to read the names of those who had written or co-written the musical backdrop to the spoken
words of a television show or motion picture film. (Are you kidding? If you blinked you missed the
whole thing.) With few exceptions, it has been in those spaces that the name, Alan Hewitt, was most
frequently written, until now.
The Alan Hewitt Project, which some believe, is the breakthrough album of the year in contemporary
instrumental music. His self-titled album, the Alan Hewitt Project was released to stores on
April 27, 2004. – Courtesy Abyssjazz.com
Read the Press Release
by Ray Redmond
Wow! This is a smoking smooth jazz CD. Hewitt opens absolutely JAMMING the title track and
featuring Euge Groove’s smooth sax… this is a good choice for first track on the CD. Steve Madaio
stands in on trumpet and flugelhorn to accompany the Hewitt keyboards on the staccato laden
Breathless. Love Feeds The Fire slows up the pace but turns up the heat with Michael Lington
making his appearance. And it doesn’t stop there… Jonathan Butler lends his guitar and scat
vocals to the Butler-penned Sweet Thing, then alto diva Mindi Abair struts her stuff on the
spanish-flavored U Touch Me.
Throughout this parade of stars Alan Hewitt rides and guides each track with his keyboard work,
the glue that holds the tracks together, as the guest artists do their “guest” things. Vocalist
Shea Chambers again slows it down a bit on the seductively smooth Inside My Dreams. The rest
of the CD has appearances by John Defaria and Gerald Spikes who perform on two tracks apiece,
most notably Blue Sky with it’s wonderful guitar lines.
Noche De Pasion is a good change from these smooth jazz CD’s we’re seeing lately where they
pile a heap of good artists together and expect a great album (usually NOT). Rather, this is a great
smooth jazz release that’s better for it’s inclusion of so many cameo artists.
Bravo Alan… 4 stars.
So varied are his talents that he’s been dubbed “The Chameleon” for the amazing breadth of his talents
by many respected professionals in music, film and television.
Alan Hewitt was born along the inspirational shores of picturesque northern Michigan. The drumbeat
of his Native American heritage enchanted him by age ten. At twelve he was jamming with the best
players in the region. Looking to expand his horizons, Alan attended famed Berklee College of Music
in Boston. Exposure to a universe of musical experiences and world class musicians inspired Alan to
become serious about cultivating his dream of becoming a multi-faceted artist/composer/producer.
Chasing the American dream of getting a record deal with “Alan Hewitt & Eighty Eight,” won Alan
numerous performing awards. Eventually he landed a deal on Rockshire Records, but the label faded.
Out of adversity, the doors to Alan’s true path opened. A&M immediately brought him in to work with
Jane Weiland of the Go-Go’s and Vince Ely of the Psychedelic Furs. This led to Alan’s involvement
writing and playing on the multi-platinum, “Cherry Pie,” by Warrant. Alan’s reputation grew as he
produced and re-mixed hits for Earth, Wind and Fire and Jonathan Butler.
His interest in ecological projects led him to contribute two tracks to “Out of the Blue,” a CD featuring
tracks from Sting, Peter Gabriel and Sarah McLachlan. As Alan worked on behalf of other artists, he
started establishing himself as a soundtrack composer, win-ning the prestigious Golden Planet Award
and the ESPY Award for Excellence. Alan’s music made it’s way to musical entrepreneur, Karen Yoon
in Korea. Acting as Alan’s muse she convinced him that it was time to create something that reflected
his musical vision. Combining lessons learned in his adventures as an artist/composer/producer, he
created the beautiful melodies and pulsing rhythms for “Escape from Life.”
Tunes like “Afrika” and “Native Heart” punctuate that point using African percussion, interwoven
with acoustic guitars, lush keys and distinctive vocals provide a synopsis for
soothing/inspirational music… LA BEACH NEWS
Alan Hewitt has been hailed as one of the “new innovators of modern music”…
Native Heart is ” a masterpiece and must have!”… Home Theater Magazine
…”a complete listening experience – soothing and inspirational!”… L.A. Beach News
“Mixed in Dolby Surround Sound, “Native Heart” promises to shock your senses, and give
you an incredible listening experience.”… Jordan Sloan – Music