Various Artists

Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol. 1

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A dozen live tracks drawn from a series of weekly slack key guitar concerts recorded in Maui, Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Vol. 1 has a bright and pleasant sound, as would be expected. The mild surprise here, though, is the number of vocal tracks (five in all), and while each of these features slack key accompaniment, they tend to interrupt the mood and flow of the album more than they strengthen it. Highlights include Ledward Kaapana's fluid "Maunaloa Slack Key," Daniel Ho's "Slack Tides" and the almost ragtime feel of Peter deAquino and Garrett Probst's "Little Rock Getaway."

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