Spanish guitarist, Russ Hewitt, is back with another collaborative effort with another top guitar virtuoso. Russ has released a string of singles with artists including jazz/blues legend Larry Carlton (Steely Dan, The Crusaders), rock/funk groovester Nuno Bettencourt of the band Extreme, and now legendary guitarist Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth ) . If you’re craving a heavy Latin groove, look no further.
Says Russ: “I first set out to write a heavy, groovy Latin song that would translate well live. I used the Tres guitar I got from Cuba to harmonize with the guitar throughout, including the main riff and chorus. Due to the key this song is written in (C#m), I was able to come up with a unique chord progression for the solo section using the open chord E. After writing the chord progression, I immediately thought it would be something Marty Friedman would have written and would be perfect for the song. by the same guitar cable company as Marty (Analysis Plus Cables) and I contacted the owner Mark Markel to do an introduction.Within 7 days of the introduction, Marty had sent his parts in. Marty’s playing me really advanced my playing, including adding harmonies to my solo for the first time .
“Marty Friedman is one of the few guitarists who has his own sound and style. It only takes a few notes played before I can tell it’s him or someone trying to sound like him. A true hero of guitar, Marty is considered one of the best rock/heavy metal guitarists in the world, and his solo for “Tornado Of Souls” is cited as an all-time great. Orient and other exotic scales inspired me to explore them as well, which can be heard in many of my songs. Known primarily for his electric guitar playing, Marty plays acoustic guitar full of his phrasing and harmonies.
“I originally wasn’t going to have a video for this song, just a static photo of the single cover. At the last minute, I reached out to childhood friend Todd Sims. Todd is a film director and television with over 300 project credits to his name. As the owner of Fusionflix Entertainment, he was kind enough to work on this for me after six days of filming on location. All five of my Telly Awards are soundtrack work I’ve done for some of Todd’s projects (The Parent Compass TV series/webisodes, the DVD companion to New York bestseller The Harbinger Decoded by Jonathan Cahn, and the feature film Thirst: Mission Liberia. )”