by C H

P.E. Hewitt’s was but 16 years old when he recorded and released – in a press of 50 copies – his debut album Jawbones. By the time he sold through the 100 copies of this third, Winter Winds, he was approaching the ripe-age of 20. The three albums he and his young compatriots wrote, recorded, pressed and – if you can call it that – distributed, are three of the rarest damn-good 70s jazz albums you could ever hope to come across. That’s a subtle, but important distinction. There are many rare jazz albums in every imaginable subgenre – funk, free, fusion… But Hewitt’s three albums were so damn-good that neither micro presses nor forty years of silence could suppress their reemergence. Stones Throw

After the third album, he dropped off the face of the earth and became a pilot. The 3LP box set contains a lengthy interview booklet that is fascinating. Enjoy.