Kolonahe: From the Gentle Wind

Kolonahe: From the Gentle Wind

by Keola Beamer
     
 

An album of high-quality ki hoalu from Keola Beamer, one of a small group of slack-key players since the '70s to consistently stay at the top of the genre. Taking his love for nature as inspiration, Kolonahe focuses on the wind. Most of the songs present on the album deal in some way or another with the wind, either directly or in musical reference. The fare isSee more details below

Overview

An album of high-quality ki hoalu from Keola Beamer, one of a small group of slack-key players since the '70s to consistently stay at the top of the genre. Taking his love for nature as inspiration, Kolonahe focuses on the wind. Most of the songs present on the album deal in some way or another with the wind, either directly or in musical reference. The fare is standard in comparison to Beamer's other albums, but that isn't to say that it's sub-par. The music is performed with his usual passion and virtuosity, and to say that it is standard is to group it among a number of other excellent albums. The songs themselves range from new compositions to old standards from Beamer's repertoire to songs from the monarchy era of Lili'uokalani and Kapi'olani. The mood is always relaxed and sentimental, added to by the inclusion of members of the Modern Mandolin Quartet and the San Francisco Nahenahe Strings on a few songs. The inclusion of George Winston (the label founder and a friend of Beamer, aside from his status as a new age virtuoso) is an addition to the album, but perhaps not the addition one might wish for. The piano accompaniment only works with slack key at times, bringing darker chords to the mix that don't particularly belong. For a slack-key album, there are a number of albums to choose from of high quality, this being among them. For a Keola Beamer album, one might do well to listen to Wooden Boat or Mauna Kea first, then move on to this one afterward.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/1999
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0080223804722
catalogNumber:
38047

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Tracks

  1. Ku'u Lei Awapuhi  - Keola Beamer
  2. Shaka Slack Key  - Keola Beamer
  3. Maika'i Ka Makani O Kohala (How Fine the Wind of Kohala) [Vocal Version  - Keola Beamer
  4. The Beauty of Mauna Kea  - Keola Beamer
  5. Pele Trilogy  - Keola Beamer
  6. Maui Waltz  - Keola Beamer
  7. Kauhale O Kamapua'a  - Keola Beamer
  8. He Wahine Hololio  - Keola Beamer
  9. Blue Water Dolphin  - Keola Beamer
  10. He Aloha Mele  - Keola Beamer
  11. Ipo Lei Manu/He'eia  - Keola Beamer
  12. Honolulu City Lights  - Keola Beamer
  13. Ka Makani Ka'ili Aloha  - Keola Beamer

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keola Beamer   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Castanets,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hawaiian Guitar,Bamboo Flute,Steel String
John Imholz   Mandocello
Dana Rath   Mandolin
George Winston   Bass,Guitar,Piano,7-String Bass
Frank Martin   Conductor
Paul Binkley   Mandola

Technical Credits

Howard Johnston   Producer,Engineer
Ron Rigler   Engineer
Mark Slagle   Engineer
George Winston   Producer,Liner Notes
Jay Junker   Liner Notes
Porter Miller   Engineer
Frank Martin   Arranger
Keola Beamer   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Joanie K.Y. Chan   Artwork,Graphic Design,Art Direction

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