In the Saddle

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Barnes & Noble - Abraham Velez
Slack key guitar master Led Kaapana and steel slide player Bob Brozman reaffirm their extraordinary musical rapport with this mellifluous second set of Hawaiian soul lullabies. Talk about mellow tunes -- it's a wonder the DEA doesn't issue a crackdown! The duet format suits these two virtuosos delightfully, with Brozman's fluid swells and bluesy melodies weaving amiably in and out of Kaapana's various tunings. Although they mostly choose the instrumental path here, Kaapana's sustained falsetto on "Meleana E" just about carries you away on a balmy South Pacific breeze. He employs a 12-string guitar for a richer sonority on the leisurely "Kukuna O Ka La," while "Aloha Ia...
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Barnes & Noble - Abraham Velez
Slack key guitar master Led Kaapana and steel slide player Bob Brozman reaffirm their extraordinary musical rapport with this mellifluous second set of Hawaiian soul lullabies. Talk about mellow tunes -- it's a wonder the DEA doesn't issue a crackdown! The duet format suits these two virtuosos delightfully, with Brozman's fluid swells and bluesy melodies weaving amiably in and out of Kaapana's various tunings. Although they mostly choose the instrumental path here, Kaapana's sustained falsetto on "Meleana E" just about carries you away on a balmy South Pacific breeze. He employs a 12-string guitar for a richer sonority on the leisurely "Kukuna O Ka La," while "Aloha Ia O Wai'anae" flits along like tropical bluegrass. The title track is just as jaunty, with Kaapana picking out cartoon-like airs on his ukulele. A joy for the globe-savvy sound explorer and acoustic folk aficionado alike.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Slack key guitar originated in Hawaii in the second half of the 19th century and has become more prominent today thanks to labels like Dancing Cat. The strings of a guitar are loosened to create open tunings slack keys and the guitarist plays by fretting the strings with his or her left hand while picking out the bass and melody with his or her right hand. In the Saddle presents two great guitarists for the price of one: slack key master Led Kaapana and steel guitar champion Bob Brozman. Together they tackle a handful of traditional Hawaiian songs, delivering 70 minutes of lovingly performed guitar music. The lively romp "Wai'alae Waltz" finds the two guitarists swapping leads and intermingling styles to the rhythm of the tablas. "In the Saddle" begins slowly, with cascading notes falling from the guitar, only to leap into a vivacious dance melody. There are also a number of slower pieces, as with the charming "No Ke Ano Ahiahi" and "Ahoe Hakuloa." There are two pleasant vocals by Kaapana on "Meleana E" and "Aloha Iâ O Wain'anae" that add a little spice to the whole affair. Teaming these players proves to be a great idea. They inspire and push one another onward, creating a rich musical stew and a blending of styles. For fans of Hawaiian music, or for anyone who appreciates good guitar, In the Saddle is a satisfying release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • UPC: 080223805125
  • Catalog Number: 38051

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Led Kaapana Primary Artist, Guitar
Bob Brozman Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Brozman Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Howard Johnston Engineer
George Winston Producer
Jay Junker Liner Notes
Porter Miller Engineer
Justin Lieberman Engineer
Traditional Composer
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