Michael Hewett

Being in Dreaming

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Michael Hewett doesn't have the flamboyance of the late Michael Hedges, but he mines somewhat similar territory in his compositions and some of his guitar playing on Being in Dreaming. He creates gorgeous moods, as on "Capricorn," then develops them -- in that case building to an excellent climax with some tense electric guitar playing. Much of the disc offers a more subdued and tranquil atmosphere, however, especially the prolonged end to the title track, with its lulling wave of sound. He's especially effective when his guitar works against David Sharpe's cello, and they create some lovely melodies. Overall, it's music for meditation, with plenty of depth and substance to engage the mind and spirit with movement, especially on "Transmission," which moves beyond the general acoustic tone of the album to offer more complex ideas. Hewett has made a beautiful record.

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