Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas

Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas

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Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas

Pianist-composer George Winston founded Dancing Cat Records specifically to feature the slack key guitarists of Hawaii. The slack key style generally involves tuning down the lower strings and assigning the bass line to the thumb while the other fingers pick fancy melodies. Fourteen of the genre's finest players are showcased here, rendering some of the world's prettiest Christmas carols in unique "island" fashion. The lively swing on Ozzie Kotani's "Jingle Bell Rock" provides the perfect spark for making the holidays glow. Moses Kahumoku finds a softer sound with his nylon-string guitar on "Joy to the World"; his variations on this classic theme are truly spectacular. Led Kaapana conjures up magical chime effects on "Silver Bells" by striking high harmonic overtones on his strings. Keola Beamer plays a pensive "Away in a Manger" on two overdubbed guitars; his percussive knuckling on the guitar body grants the piece some rhythmic accent. Then there are two native Hawaiian Christmas songs with a lovely hula sway: the instrumental "Mele Kalikimaka la 'Oe" played by George Kua and "My Hawaiian Christmas" sung by Dennis Kamakahi. Probably the juiciest cut of all, though, is the chestnut "Jingle Bells" by Led Kaapana and Bob Brozman; their spontaneous guitar duel is a total delight. Although this music may not conjure much in the way of snowfalls and crystalline nights, it lends plenty of that aloha spirit to the holidays.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2000
Label: Windham Hill Records
UPC: 0080223804425
catalogNumber: 38044

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Brozman   Track Performer
Cyril Pahinui   12-string Guitar
Leonard Kwan   Track Performer
Moses Kahumkou   Guitar (Nylon String)
George Kuo   Track Performer
Dennis Kamakahi   Track Performer
George Kahumoku   12-string Guitar
Joanie Komatsu   Track Performer
Cindy Combs   Track Performer
Keola Beamer   Steel Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Howard Johnston   Engineer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
George Winston   Producer
Ozzie Kotani   Arranger
Dick Smith   Composer
Lowell Mason   Composer
Nelson Makua   Graphic Design
Ruth Komatsu   Director
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Porter Miller   Engineer
William Sandys   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Justin Lieberman   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
James R. Murray   Composer
Robert Burns   Composer
Reginald Heber   Composer
John Bacchus Dykes   Composer
Joseph Carleton Beal   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't need to be in Hawaii to enjoy this outstanding CD. Joyous, soulful and sentimental - everything a Christmas CD should be. The best substitute for making the holidays special and stress free if you can't spend them in the Islands!