Guitar Stories: Slack Key and Beyond

Jim Kimo West

Copyright Year(s): 2015
Format: CD
Price: $0.00

Track List & Samples

(Tracks with sample are bold.)
  1. Na Koa Moku O Keawe
  2. Mauna Kea Meditation
  3. El Alcazar
  4. Daydream at Jumbo Rocks
  5. Morning Music
  6. `Iolani Palace Waltz
  7. Floyd The Spider
  8. Mele Menehune
  9. Song For Fess

Album Notes

Jim Kimo West first visited Hana, Maui in 1985, after a long summer on the road as guitarist for famed musical satirist, "Weird Al" Yankovic. As the sounds of Gabby Pahinui, the Sons of Hawai'i, Sonny Chillingworth, The Sunday Manoa, and others, played on the turntable, he jammed along for fun and relaxation.

Already a devotee of open tunings, he was immediately drawn to the gentle rhythms of ki ho 'alu (slack key guitar) and soon began writing his own songs. The rich physical and cultural landscape of the Hana Coast has provided the inspiration for many of his compositions.

A virtuosic player and prolific composer, his delicate, heartfelt playing technique and his generous output of new, exciting slack key guitar originals puts him solidly in a category of his own.

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