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Fresh From the Cooler

Artist: Frank Hewitt
Frank Hewitt - Fresh From the Cooler CD
Label: Smalls
Regular Price: $12.95
On Sale For: $5.18 
Year: 2006
Format: CD


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Listen NowConception
Listen NowI Can't Get Started
On this fourth volume of the recordings of pianist Frank Hewitt, we move to the first recording we made together--ten years ago exactly--on the memorable afternoon of October 5th, 1996. Sixteen tunes were recorded at Smalls in an extended closed session. The only retake was the sound check tune for technical reasons. Frank said that there were no outtakes. We'll be covering this date in two parts.

The session was exactly like a live date, except the club was closed. We had the great working trio with Ari Roland on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums. Frank moved spontaneously from tune to tune playing his trademark introductory verses. He never needed to tell that band what tune he was going to play, because everybody just knew how to converge into a groove at the right moment somehow. Leading off here is Frank's stunning rendition of 'I Waited For You,' one of his signature ballads. A very slight squeal from the brakes of the M8 cross-town bus stopping upstairs punctuates the beginning of the first solo chorus. This performance is sheer musical poetry with a searing beauty. I always come back to this track again and again. It had to be first. On this date, Frank actually did call one tune, and I've included it as a short preamble to 'Cherokee.' Hewitt asks Lovelace to 'start up Cherokee'seriously up' (meaning 'up-tempo'). After a few moments, Frank added 'nobody can play fast anymore,' and what followed was a life lesson on what it means to play fast with artistic brilliance. Musicians and scholars will find a piece worthy of detailed study in Frank's version of 'Conception.' It has some very interesting development that is relatively clearly outlined, but it also has some twists'enough to make you dizzy. And like most of Frank's work, it rarely yields its secrets on the first listening, or the hundredth.
Ari Roland (bass)
Frank Hewitt (piano)
Jimmy Lovelace (drums)
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