Born: October 14, 1953
The guitarist formerly known as one of Boston's most eloquent inside players has become one of its leading experimenters, writes Boston Phoenix's Jon Garelick, who included Fewell's ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, on his best of 2009 list. Fewell, a professor at Berklee College since 1977, has toured the globe for more than 35 years as one of the jazz world's premier performer/educators. He has released 13 recordings for Soul Note, Koch, Splasc(H), Boxholder, Accurate, Nubop and CNM Records. For the past decade, he has collaborated with such renowned avant-garde musicians as John Tchicai, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Khan Jamal, Borah Bergman and Curtis Clark. The Variable Density Sound Orchestra, founded in 2008, released three recordings on Creative Nation Music, and balances both aspects of Fewell's musical personality by showcasing the melodic accessibility and sturdy framework of his compositions as well as the unbridled freedom of free improvisation....
AwardsBest Jazz Recording 1993, Boston Music Awards (A Blue Deeper than the Blue w Cecil McBee, Fred Hersch, Matt Wilson)
Variable Density Sound OrchestraCreative Nation Music
Red Door Number 11Splasc(H) Records
City of DreamsSplasc(H) Records
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- Variable Density Sound Orchestra by Lyn Horton
- Variable Density Sound Orchestra by John Sharpe
- Red Door Number 11 by AAJ Staff
- City of Dreams by AAJ Staff