Producer Luke Kaven is issuing as much of the late Frank Hewitt’s work as he can, culling albums from the many hours of live recordings the pianist made over the course of some 1,000 performances at Smalls in New York City. This one comes from August 1999 and features Hewitt’s quintet: Chris Byars on tenor sax, Mike Mullins on alto sax, Ari Roland on bass and the late Jimmy Lovelace on drums. It’s a rough and ready group. No neobop slickness or jazz-school pretense here–this is the real deal: hardcore bebop, rough-edged and in the moment.
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