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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN Guests On RUSS HEWITT Single ‘Vivir Libre’

After beforehand placing out a string of singles with such recording artists as jazz blues legend Larry Carlton (STEELY DAN, THE CRUSADERS) and rock funk groovester Nuno Bettencourt from the band EXTREME, Texas-based guitarist Russ Hewitt has executed it once more with one other collaborative effort with one other high-profile guitar virtuoso — former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman.

The music video for “Vivir Libre”, that includes Friedman, might be seen beneath.

Says Russ: “I set off initially to jot down a heavy groove Latin tune that may translate properly dwell. I used the Tres guitar I received from Cuba to harmonize with the guitar all through the tune, together with the primary riff and refrain. As a result of key this tune is written in (C#m),I used to be in a position to provide you with a novel chord development for the solo part using the open E string. After the chord development was written, I immediately thought that it will be one thing Marty Friedman would write and that he could be good for the tune. I’m lucky sufficient to be endorsed by the identical guitar cable firm as Marty (Evaluation Plus cables) and reached out to the proprietor Mark Markel to make an introduction. Inside seven days of the introduction, Marty had despatched up his components. Marty‘s taking part in made me actually step up my sport, together with including harmonies to my solo for the primary time.”

Hewitt went on to name Friedman “one of many uncommon guitarists which have their very own distinct sound and magnificence. All it takes is a few notes performed earlier than I can acknowledge that it is him or somebody making an attempt to sound like him,” he mentioned. “A bona fide guitar hero, Marty is taken into account the most effective rock/heavy metallic guitarists on the earth, and his solo for ‘Twister Of Souls’ is cited as an all-time nice. Marty‘s use of Center Japanese and different unique scales influenced me to discover these as properly, which might be heard in lots of my songs. Recognized primarily for his electrical guitar taking part in, Marty performs an acoustic guitar stuffed with his trademark phrasing and harmonies.”

Relating to the video for “Vivir Libre”, Russ mentioned: “I initially was not going to have a video for this tune, only a static picture of the one cowl. On the final minute, I reached out to a childhood buddy, Todd Sims. Todd is a movie and TV director with over 300 challenge credit to his identify. Because the proprietor of Fusionflix Leisure, he was form sufficient to work on this for me after six days of filming on location. All 5 of my Telly awards are from soundtrack work I’ve executed for a few of Todd‘s initiatives (‘Father or mother Compass’ TV sequence/webisodes, the DVD companion to the New York bestseller ‘The Harbinger Decoded’ by Jonathan Cahn, and the function movie ‘Thirst: Mission Liberia’.)”

Friedman left MEGADETH in 2000 and has been residing and recording music in Japan since 2003. His shredding guitar model had been an integral a part of MEGADETH‘s business peak, most notably on 1990’s “Rust In Peace” and 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction” albums.

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