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Alan Hewitt: Metropolis

Pianist Alan Hewitt made his solo smooth-jazz debut two years ago with Noche de Pasion, an uptempo CD with big-name guest artists Mindi Abair, Euge Groove and Jonathan Butler. But Hewitt’s second CD is more nuanced, and he’s ditched the guests. The result is a tempting smooth-jazz effort that announces Hewitt’s arrival.

The music on Metropolis often sounds cinematic in scope, which should come as no surprise. Hewitt’s scored numerous motion pictures and is currently composing music for television programs like Oprah. As the title suggests, the music here is sophisticated, urban and seductive. It’s also overflowing with abundant hooks and hummable melodies as shown in the ballads “Velvet Kisses” and “Indigo.”

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