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This hoppin' collection of tracks by legendary Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Sol Hoopii gives us a wonderful glimpse into his career from 1927 until 1951, during which time he mastered his famous C#-minor tuning. It's hard not to move when you hear these jaunty jazz tunes, especially the ones from 1929, on which Hoopii's original ensemble works together with Andrew Aiona's Saxophone Trio. The tremulous strings of the mellow "Hano Hano Hawaii" and the drifting "Hawaii Nei", with its smooth tenor vocals, are particularly magical.


Born: 1902 in Honolulu, HI

Genre: World

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

The most celebrated steel guitarist of the Hawaiian golden age was undoubtedly Sol Hoopii, who first came to the mainland as a stowaway in 1919. I believe he is the only performer to appear on every Hawaiian slide compilation, where liner notes typically describe him with a single word -- "hot." Most of his 78s (over 200!!) were recorded in Los Angeles, where he enjoyed great popularity in such clubs as the Hula Hutt and Seven Seas. He appeared in many movies, toured the country advancing his highly...
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