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Guitars Of Hawaii Today Volume 1

by John Valentine Presents

Guitar instrumentals blending in original jazz, slack key, Hawaiian country, and a touch of Latin, all featuring easy listening steel guitar.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Paniolo Oka Pakipika
Greg Sardinha
2:37 $0.99
2. Pihana
Stanley Albrecht
3:39 $0.99
3. My Little Apartment
Danny Otholt
2:40 $0.99
4. Day Dreams
Jimmy Funai
5:31 $0.99
5. John 14: 1-6
Todd Adamski
4:28 $0.99
6. Cane Field Song
Gordon Freitas
3:50 $0.99
7. Bovardius Funk
Chris Bovard
3:35 $0.99
8. Rican Heat
Joe Rios
2:40 $0.99
9. Life's Been Good
John Valentine
5:43 $0.99
10. The Good Old Days
Bobby Ingano
4:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Guitars of Hawaii Today” is a sampling of the musicians currently in Hawaii’s music scene. The artists who performed on this CD are the same ones you’ll see when you stop by local shows, restaurants and nightclubs. But these artists are not simply guitar players. This production is a unique opportunity to feature artists with a multitude of talents. Guitars of Hawaii Today highlights composers who have created songs for other local artists to record, as well as producers who have their own projects in local record stores.

For many years these artists have worked in the recording studios as background studio musicians, creating the songs that have become Hawaii’s local standards and trademarks. From acoustic guitar backgrounds to electric guitar solos and on to lap steel guitar string lines, these fine musicians can be heard on musical track for movies, television and commercials. Thanks to the multitude of Hawaii-based television show, some of these artists have had the opportunity to produce and play Hawaii’s surf guitar sounds, sharing Hawaii’s surf music around the world.

It’s time to put these talented individuals in the limelight. Guitars of Hawaii today is the first CD recording to feature them not only on background guitars and the lead solo, but playing the lead melody as well. Each artist has selected the song which best represents his personal talent, influence and style. Has also won the Hawaii Music Awards for most popular compilation album.

Top studio musicians joins: Rory Flores on Drums (Bovardius Funk)

If you’re wondering what’s “out there in Hawaii’s music scene today”.
Just listen……



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John Berger

JOHN Valentine enlisted nine fellow guitarists in compiling this 10-song instrum
JOHN Valentine enlisted nine fellow guitarists in compiling this 10-song instrumental anthology. The roster includes some of Hawaii's foremost session players. The selections reflect their personal interests rather than what they play to pay the bills.

A majority of the tunes here can be conveniently categorized as "jazzy pop" but steel guitar, mandolin, cuatro, ukulele and slack-key guitar add other ethnic textures. Many of the guests accompany themselves in multi-track performances using several favorite vintage instruments from their personal collections; Valentine and other musicians provide additional support as needed.

Nine tunes are original; Valentine's intriguing reworking of "Life's Been Good" is the exception. He uses ukulele, assorted percussion, a "cheap 12-string" and homemade steel guitar in exploring the Joe Walsh song. Sure, Valentine can do anything he wants because this is his project, but his interpretation would deserve a spot on any local compilation.

Todd Adamski, Stanley Mokihana Albrecht, Chris Bovard, Gordon Freitas, Jimmy Funai, Bobby Ingano, Danny Otholt and Joe Rios each earn their spots as well. The diversity is impressive without ever sounded forced.

Funai's "Day Dreams" should already be getting play on local "beautiful music" radio stations.

Serious fans and students of the guitar will be most interested in the listings of the instruments used on each track, but this is a solid collection if judged solely for "listenability."