Review- Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Review by John Berger, The Honolulu Star Bulletin

The Star Bulletin
John Berger
ISLAND MELE
By John Berger

“TREASURES OF HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR”
By Various Artists;  Daniel Ho Creations

Record producer Daniel Ho is 2-for-2 at the Grammy Awards with slack-key compilations. This one could easily make Ho and his partners three-time winners at the Grammys next spring.

It includes recordings by Ledward Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr., Dennis Kamakahi, Cyril Pahinui and Martin Pahinui — all of whom are unquestionably treasures of slack key. There are also recordings by guitarists who are at least a decade away from deserving the accolade, one song each by steel guitarist Bobby Ingano and Hawaiian falsetto singer Richard Ho’opi’i (who plays ‘ukulele), and a number by Garrett Probst and Peter de Aquino (the duo formerly known as Da ‘Ukulele Boyz). In short, it isn’t all slack key.

Ho and his partners have taken a significant step forward as producers by including photos and short bios of the artists, information about the songs, and guitarists’ slack-key tunings. Bravo!!

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