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Cafe Kona

by The Alonzo Spirit Band

Uplifting and positive spirit of Hawaii island, in a surprising and delightful mixture of buoyant pop, reggae, sweet ballads, and rock.
Genre: Pop: Sunshine Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Listen to the Music
4:03 $0.99
2. Lost Horizon
3:30 $0.99
3. Where Could I Go but to the Lord
4:13 $0.99
4. Only One
3:09 $0.99
5. Walkin' My Karma
3:38 $0.99
6. Jump Back
2:40 $0.99
7. A Saint Is a Sinner (Who Never Gave Up)
3:36 $0.99
8. Angels Above
2:41 $0.99
9. Come to the Lake Shrine
3:45 $0.99
10. Heaven's Just a Smile Away
3:24 $0.99
11. You Can Do It All
4:27 $0.99
12. Dream a While
2:30 $0.99
13. Lost and Found
4:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Alonzo Spirit Band -- the All-Star Studio band on the Big Island of Hawaii -- is back with their newest CD, once again sharing the joyful, soulful and spiritual vibe of the island through their unique sound and style, “guaranteed to lift your mood and brighten your day” as one Hawaiian journalist phrased it.

This All-Star studio group of musicians and singers, including Grammy Award and Hoku (Hawaiian Music Award) winners was recruited by Alan “Alonzo” Rosen, former television writer/producer (Archie Bunker’s Place, Elvis Meets Nixon), to record the songs that came to him initially through meditation and dreams.

“Café Kona” was almost named “Kona-Copia” -- a play on words for “Cornucopia” because of the breath and depth of various sounds and styles on this CD -- The Alonzo Spirit Band’s most adventurous, most varied and most infectious collection of songs to date.

Hawaiian music star Damon Williams (The Brown Boys) takes lead on five numbers, often backed by sisters Ginger Bertelmann and Melissa Samura: joyful, reggae versions of The Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music” and Junior Burke’s “Walkin' My Karma” -- a gospel rocker “Where Could I Go But to the Lord" originally recorded as a ballad by both Elvis Presley and Emmylou Harris -- the gentle ballad, “Heaven's Just a Smile Away” and the album closer, a bossa nova/pop sound on the catchy yet contemplative “Lost and Found.”

Hawaii local resident, young vocalist Cayenne Clark joins the Alonzo Spirit Band with her powerful rock rendition of “A Saint is a Sinner (Who Never Gave Up)” -- and brings her lovely quieter side to a duet with Alonzo on “Lost Horizon” with bells and wind and nose flute courtesy of Sonny Lim.

Alonzo and Melissa duet on the cozy ”Dream A While” -- Melissa sings the lovely “Only One” -- Ginger solos on another dreamy song “Angels Above” (harp courtesy of Kristin Aria) -- and both sisters join Alonzo on the country-tinged, foot-tapper “Come to the Lake Shrine” featuring flute work by Jesse Snyder.

Sonny Lim -- whose Grammy award winning guitar and ukulele talents resound on nearly every track on the CD (minus the rockers) -- also takes lead vocal on “Jump Back” backed by Ginger and Melissa.

Rounding off the CD is the playful “You Can Do It All” sung and swung with Sinatraesque flair by saxophonist, flutist and arranger Jesse Snyder, backed by a 10-piece big band sound and Karl Kasberg on both piano and vibes.

One spin and you’ll hear “Café Kona” is filled with surprises and delight: playful, uplifting, rocking or gently soothing. As we always say: if you live in Hawaii you can’t be unhappy -- and if you listen to sound of The Alonzo Spirit Band, you’re guaranteed to smile.

It's Cafe Kona Time. Aloha!



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