Na Pali

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
It's rare that a band takes this long between albums 18 years passed between Na Pali's previous album and this one. Luckily for the listener, however, this one is arguably worth the wait. In truth, Na Pali has still been performing over the last couple decades, but as Taj Mahal's Hula Blues Band primarily. Here, they return to their own devices and a batch of original songs from now and then across the band's history. While they've always professed to be only a part-time band, their abilities on the instruments are easily enough on par with the full-time groups. The songs range from love found to love lost, the travails of touring, the beauty of Hawaii a common theme in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
It's rare that a band takes this long between albums 18 years passed between Na Pali's previous album and this one. Luckily for the listener, however, this one is arguably worth the wait. In truth, Na Pali has still been performing over the last couple decades, but as Taj Mahal's Hula Blues Band primarily. Here, they return to their own devices and a batch of original songs from now and then across the band's history. While they've always professed to be only a part-time band, their abilities on the instruments are easily enough on par with the full-time groups. The songs range from love found to love lost, the travails of touring, the beauty of Hawaii a common theme in much of Hawaiian music. At the same time the tone roves from a pensive ballad to basic slack key rumbling to a rollicking romp in taro patch tuning, all handled well by the quartet regardless of style. Making appearances are a few notables from outside the world of Hawaiian music proper -- Taj Mahal, George Winston known for advocacy of Hawaiian music, but primarily a new age pianist, and Native American songstress Buffy Sainte-Marie. A wide variety of abilities are on display here, all framed by an exceptional hand for composition and arrangement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2005
  • Label: AWAPUHI PRODUCTIONS
  • UPC: 761268853820
  • Catalog Number: 8538

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kamali'i (3:43)
  2. 2 The Rose of Ko'olau (3:13)
  3. 3 Kealia (5:05)
  4. 4 Tourin' with Taj (4:44)
  5. 5 Wela E (4:48)
  6. 6 Waiting for the Rain (5:24)
  7. 7 Hanalei Bay Blues (3:23)
  8. 8 Blossom (3:48)
  9. 9 Aloha Ha'ena (4:53)
  10. 10 Late Flight (4:51)
  11. 11 Navigator's Lullaby (3:17)
  12. 12 Inu I Ka Wai 'Awa'awa (7:13)
  13. 13 Ua Mau-Hosana (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Na Pali Primary Artist
Taj Mahal Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Buffy Sainte-Marie Vocals
Fred Lunt Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar
Kester Smith Drums
George Winston Piano
Pancho Graham Vocals
Ron Pendragon Tambourine
Carlos Andrade Guitar, Vocals
Keola Beamer Percussion
Pat Cockett Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals
Kirk Smart Steel Guitar
Keao Cockett Soprano Saxophone
Malaki Kanahele Ukulele, Vocals
Aaron Sala Piano
Technical Credits
Richard Evans Engineer
Milan Bertosa Engineer
Pancho Graham Composer
Ron Pendragon Engineer, Mastering, Sound Design
Carlos Andrade Composer, Liner Notes
Keola Beamer Engineer
Herb Kane Cover Art
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson Engineer
Pat Cockett Composer
Na Pali Audio Production
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