Best of the Kahauanu Lake Trio, The - Vol. 1
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Album NotesFrom the 1950s to the ’80s, The Kahauanu Lake Trio stirred audiences with their jazz-infused, acoustic performances of Hawaiian music. Kahauanu Lake, with his imaginative use of `ukulele chords, his brother Tommy Lake on acoustic bass and Al Machida on guitar -- all three able to employ a falsetto and regular voice -- rarely sounded, or looked, less than perfect.
Although Kahauanu Lake played a mean left-handed `ukulele, he chose to strum rather than pluck, even when playing rhythm. Studying under Hawaiian authority Mary Kawena Pukui, Lake insisted on accurate pronunciation of Hawaiian words. "The Trio offered a different facet of Hawaiian music, an alternative to the backyard style of Gabby," says panelist Robert Cazimero. "They added a sophisticated kind of elegance that brought along with it the hula, and the marriage was so sublime."
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