New releases of Hawaiian music . . .
Aloha Hawaiian music fans, aloha kakou. As new Hawaiian music releases come out, check this page to find out which ones Keith & Carmen recommend. Since Keith still produces and hosts an all-Hawaiian music radio program ("Music of Hawai`i," heard at 9 a.m. every Sunday on KIPO, 89.3 FM, and KIFO, 1380 AM, in Honolulu) we try to keep up on what is coming out in the field of Hawaiian music. And we'll tell you which ones we recommend.
Nationally known pianist George Winston boosts Hawaiian music
Country guitarist Chet Atkins and Western balladeer
Marty Robbins did it when they recorded some traditional Hawaiian
songs many years ago. So did pop singer Karen Carpenter, when she
recorded the more contemporary "Honolulu City Lights."
Makaha Sons new CD a departure from their more traditional style
For more than two decades, the Makaha Sons have
been known for their performances of traditional Hawaiian music,
most often sung in the Hawaiian language.
CD FINALLY RELEASED
Here is the most exciting, unusual Hawaiian CD
to be released in recent years. It is called "Limited Edition,
Volume I" and includes a dozen songs recorded in 1947, but
not released until October 1999.
"LIMITED EDITION, VOL. II"
Peter Pam Records also will release a "Limited Edition,
Volume II" CD in early November. It is an anthology and includes
22 songs from two LPs produced by Keith Haugen for the Peter Dillingham
Band in the 1980s. The CD features such greats as Peter Dillingham,
Sol Bright, Simeon Bright, Joe Recca, Jacob Kaleikini, Cy Luidington,
Irmgard Aluli & Puamana, Joe 'The Fiddler" Bourque, John
Lino, and on one of the BONUS TRACKS, Patricia Lei Anderson Murray.
History of Hawaiian Steel Guitar . . . a must
If you are a fan of the more traditional sounds of Hawaiian music, there's a new CD from Cord International and Hana Ola Records that is an absolute must. It is called the "History of Hawaiian Steel Guitar" and you'll love it.
Michael Cord and Harry B. Soria Jr. have compiled cuts from the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, including such greats as David Napihi Burrows, M.K. Moke, Annie Kerr, Mike Hanapi, Sol Ho`opi`i, Steppy DeRego, Jules Ah See, Walter Wailehua, Tau Moe, and Benny Rogers.
They play some of the "standards" for steel, such as "Sand," "Maui Chimes," "Moana Chimes," "Kohala March," "Hula Blues," "Hilo March," and they do some you may never have heard--including "The Rosary," "Yellow Dog Blues," "Souvenir," and more. There are vocals--including Rose Moe who sings "Punaiki Ea," to Tau's steel guitar.
The 16-page booklet that comes as a part of the package includes tuning guidelines, pictures of all ten artists, color photos of 45 rare vintage acoustic guitars, lap steel guitars and amplifiers dating from the mid-1920s, and wonderful historical liner notes by Soria.
It's a keeper. We devoted a full-hour of "The Music of Hawai`i with Keith Haugen" on KIPO/KIFO to this new release . . . it's our kind of music.
Check out Cord's web site at www.cordinternational.com for dozens of the finest Hawaiian music CDs available. You'll find many of the cuts regularly played on our radio program, music from some of the greatest singers and musicians of all time--all restored and released on CD. 8/29/99 K&C
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar --- Masters Collection, Vol. 2
From Dancing Cat Records
This Masters Collection is quite simply, one of the best Hawaiian recordings of the year. It is a MUST for every fan of Hawaiian music, whether you consider yourself an aficionado of ki ho`alu (slack-key guitar) or not. It is that good. And there is a lot more to it than the fine slack-key work you expect from this label. George Winston has de-voted years to recording and distributing the very best of Hawai`i's many fine slack-key guitarists. In 1995, his Santa Cruz, California-based Dancing Cat Records released a CD called Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters - Instrumental Collection. It included 11 cuts from such masters as Ledward Ka`apana, Raymond Kane, Sonny Chillingworth, Cyril Pahinui, Leonard Kwan, Keola Beamer, George Kuo and Barney Isaacs (on steel guitar),Moses Kahumoku and Ozzie Kotani. It was an award-winning release and the kind of a CD that you would never tire of listening to. It featured the best from 11 CDs Winston had produced in his Masters Series.
Now, four years later, Dancing Cat has topped that with Volume 2.
This new release--in stores everywhere on July 27, 1999--is a compilation of cuts from 14 CDs, plus two bonus tracks that have not previously been released. And again, it is the best of the best. You'll hear Keola, Sonny, Ray, Cyril, and Led. Add to that impressive list Dennis Kamakahi and his son, David, Bob Brozman, Bla Pahinui, George Kahumoku, and more. Winston even plays piano with Beamer on one song. Bob Brozman plays acoustic steel with Cyril on one song, and with Led on another, from the CDs they have recorded together. One cut features Kuo, the Kamakahis and Martin Pahinui together as a band. There is plenty of singing on this CD too. And slack-key masters Leonard Kwan and Ozzie Kotani team up on one bonus track, and George Kahumoku teams up with vocalist Kekuhi Kanahele on one song.
The CD booklet is complete with tuning information, even a Dancing Cat discography of that label's ki ho`alu recordings. And the biggest problem with buying this Masters Vol. 2 is that you will want to buy the complete set of discs from which these cuts were lifted. So, go for it. You can't go wrong.
Check out www.dancingcat.com and tell them Keith & Carmen sent you.
Among the recent releases, fans of traditional Hawaiian music should find the following to their liking:
1. "Noelani Kanoho Mahoe and The Leo Nahenahe Singers - Folk Songs of Hawai`i" an anthology CD of songs selected from three earlier albums by Na Leo Nahenahe. It's a keeper. Check these other new Tradewinds Records releases too: "Two Slack-Key Guitars," "Hawaiian Christmas," and "Eia Au `O Noelani."
2. "Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau - Na Mele Henoheno Na Makahiki Mua, helu `ekahi" an anthology of songs from the first three albums by the Makaha Sons. And watch for helu `elua. Poki Records has also released "Puana Hou me ke Aloha" and "Ho`ola," by the Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau on CD. Ask for them at Borders, Barnes & Noble, or on Amazon.com
3. "Sonny Chillingworth . .. endlessly" and "Keola Beamer - kolonahe . .. from the gentle wind" are two new releases from Dancing Cat and should be in your collection if you are fans of Hawaiian ki ho`alu (slack-key guitar). George Winston continues to lead in the production of top quality ki ho`alu recordings.
"Agnes Kimura . . in the Hawaiian Style" is the artist's first release in Hawai`i. Although her earlier recordings were also all Hawaiian, they were recorded in Japan. This Island Viking CD was produced in Hawai`i by Keith Haugen; engineered by Audy Kimura, and includes such talented Hawaiian artists as steel guitarist Alan Akaka, slack-key guitarist George Kuo, flutist Jim Howard, and the great backup vocals of Nina Keali`iwahamana and `Iwalani Kahalewai. Agnes is Japan's top slack-key guitarist and singer of Hawaiian songs and was the first foreign artist invited to perform in the annual Bankoh Gabby Pahinui Ki Ho`alu Concert in Honolulu.
5. "Kawai Cockett, A Traditional Hawaiian" won Male Vocalist of the Year for Kawai in the annual Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Good stuff from Hula Records.
6. "Keali`i Blaisdell, Ka Ulu Mae`ole" is a first recording by a new artist. All the songs are new and its a great start for Keali`i, thanks to Hula.
"Dennis Kamakahi - `Ohana" from Dancing Cat Records is a great package in that it includes Dennis and Robin's son, David, on `ukulele. David also sings with his dad on a couple of songs and its a winner.