Tom Hewson is a piano player whose sensitivity to music could be labeled as Impressionism-oriented, with harmony delivering extremely unique and evocative moods.
Tom Hewson is a piano player whose sensitivity to music could be labeled as Impressionism-oriented, with harmony delivering extremely unique and evocative moods. British-born, winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition in 2014, for this second CD on CAM JAZZ, recorded in piano solo mode in Vienna, Hewson wrote eight of the eleven tracks that embark on a course conceived to conjure up images, feelings, unexpected thoughts, sweet throbs and a truly rapt enchantment by skillfully playing with harmonic imagination and intentionally sidestepping certain, finished, predictable tone sequences. He’d rather fly in mid-air, even when his hands are becoming more assertive on the keyboard, and never be ethereal even as the music lightens up. Always clearly perceptible, the melody floats, transfigured within a smooth harmonic structure, by means of never-ending changes of color, continual transpositions through different pitches and an on-going exploration of timbre. Tom Hewson’s stylistic hallmark is an endless enchantment that may be cheering, surreal, vibrant or mythical. His forceful personality also clearly comes through in the three tracks by Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Charles Mingus. This is Jazz reborn and reinvented that opens yet one more path to a new destination.
Recorded in Wiener Neustadt on 18 November 2016 at L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik Recording engineer Stefano Amerio
Photos by Elisa Caldana
Liner notes by Brian Morton
|Catalogue Number||CAMJ 7912-5|
|Display Artist||Tom Hewson|
|Release date||Oct 13, 2017|
|Product type||full album|