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Guava Soul

Bla Pahinui

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Album Review

It's wonderful to hear Bla Pahinui (or James Bla Pahinui, to offer his full name) return to what's really his signature piece, "Waimanalo Blues," this time around achingly poignant, the voice deeper and richer than ever before, like burled wood. One of the best all-round Hawaiian musicians, his guitar technique seems to become more minimal — but more effective — with each release, and it's especially noticeable on his wonderful versions of traditional songs like "Beauty Hula" and "No Ke Ano Ahiahi," both of which allow him freedom of the fretboard, which he uses sparingly but gorgeously, with his bluesy touches still intact — always a way to recognize his playing. The production's low key, which is fine in this case, offering an ambience to the sound that just increases the intimacy of "Island Style." To say he's finally come completely into his own sounds condescending, but it's true; he's developed into a consummate artist.

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Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The second oldest son of influential slack key guitarist Gabby Pahinui, James 'Bla' Pahinui has followed in his father's footsteps. An innovative slack key guitarist, in his own right, Pahinui is known for his distinctive phrasing. As he explained in a mid-'90s interview, "I like to stretch notes and take the melodies into new directions." Born in Honolulu and raised in Waimanolo, O'ahu, Pahinui was exposed to music from his earliest memory. As a youngster, he often attended the nightly jam sessions...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Hawaii
  • Released: Nov 01, 2001

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