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Soliloquy - Ka Leo O Loko

Keola Beamer

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Album Review

Keola Beamer is one of the top names of Hawaiian slack-key guitar, since the death of the old masters. On his seventh solo album, he freely mixes original and slack-key classics, generally working alone (several tracks feature overdubs), while duetting with label head George Winston — better known for his piano work, but playing guitar here — on "Na Hala O Naue." The meat of slack-key, which is fingerpicked in many different tunings, is the sumptuous melodies, and Beamer has no shortage of those. He's so well-versed in the tradition that he can make "Pauahi 'O Kalani," composed in 1868, and his own "The Myna Bird's Dobro" seem completely natural next to each other. His laid-back picking is crisp and clear, and when he features an overdubbed guitar, as on "Pua Liliehua," the second instrument imitates the vocal trio of the original version with a resonant richness that fills out the melody with some glorious harmonies. Beamer's tunings and use of the capo to offer different keys show the kind of real invention that's kept him at the forefront of the genre and also helped make him a great teacher. Winston's production manages to be both clean and warm, letting the notes ring with the depth they need. A glorious work.

Customer Reviews

A Gem!

This is one of those records that doesn't really get a lot of attention, but in fact deserves it. Definitely mellow, but perfect for a warm summer evening. If this doesn't make you yearn for a trip to Hawaii, nothing will. It is simply beautiful. You will not regret this purchase!

The essence of pure slack key

My favorite album by Keola Beamer. A+ I'm going back to Maui soon. :-)

So Peaceful!

Love slack key. I find this very calming. Beautiful.

Biography

Born: January 18, 1951 in O'ahu Island, Hawai'i

Genre: World

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

Keola Beamer (b. Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer) is a master of Hawaiian slack key guitar playing. The composer of "Honolulu City Lights," one of Hawaii's top-selling songs of all time, Beamer was one of the first to blend traditional Hawaiian chants and instruments with contemporary influences. Representing the fifth generation of musicians in his family, Beamer traces his roots back to King Kamehemeha and Queen Ahiakumai, 15th century rulers of Hawaii. Beamer's great grandmother, Helen Dasher...
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Soliloquy - Ka Leo O Loko, Keola Beamer
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Hawaii
  • Released: Aug 14, 2001

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