This is the fifth posthumous Frank Hewitt album released on the Smalls label, and the first live trio recording. For those who were convinced by the first four albums that Hewitt was a great, neglected master, every subsequent release is an opportunity to test their faith. Out of the Clear Black Sky will further validate Hewitt’s believers. Unlike other pianists to whom he is often compared (and among whom he represents a missing link of continuity) like Powell and Monk and Elmo Hope, Hewitt was not a composer. He played the classic songbook and bop standards.
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