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Four Hands Sweet & Hot
Cyril Pahinui, Bob Brozman
Four Hands Sweet & Hot
Genres: World Music, Pop
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Kiho'alu (slack key) guitar is a durable and easy-to-listen-to music, with a lilting phrasing that is curiously offset by an edge created by the unusual tunings. Cyril Pahinui comes from the acknowledged dynasty of Hawaiia...  more »


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All Artists: Cyril Pahinui, Bob Brozman
Title: Four Hands Sweet & Hot
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Windham Hill Records
Original Release Date: 1/12/1999
Release Date: 1/12/1999
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Pacific Islands, Hawaii
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Four Hands Sweet and Hot
UPC: 080223804821

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Kiho'alu (slack key) guitar is a durable and easy-to-listen-to music, with a lilting phrasing that is curiously offset by an edge created by the unusual tunings. Cyril Pahinui comes from the acknowledged dynasty of Hawaiian slack-key guitarists. His playing is flawless, his style modern yet still folksy. Bob Brozman is one of America's leading slide and resonator guitar proponents, and one who has had a love of Hawaiian music for a long, long time. Brozman has also been a major student of Hawaiian slack-key guitar, working with many of the great island musicians over the last decade, bringing the music to new audiences around the world. Together Pahinui and Brozman have lovingly re-created some classics, emphasizing the melodies of songs that would have normally been heard in ensembles where the guitar might be more lost in the overall sound. Here the melodies and harmonies of the tunes jump right out, whether it's a sweet love song like "Hula O Makee" or a jumping novelty tune like "Hawaiian Cowboy." Two master guitarists take us on a tour of the islands, big and small, with great musicianship and friendly charm. --Louis Gibson

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Eileen G. from CASTLE ROCK, WA
Reviewed on 12/29/2006...
Smooth, almost all-instrumental (only 2 vocals). Wonderful Hawaiian music by two masters of the slack key guitar and acoustic guitar.
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Two string masters make a great sound!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Pahinui and Brozman make the strings sing! Each is a master of his instrument and the islands come alive. The interplay between Cyril and Bob is incredible and the listening experience is a delight. If you're not familiar with the sound of Hawaiian slack key or if you're just looking for good guitar this an excellent disc."
Much more than I expected
Pharoah S. Wail | Inner Space | 05/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a person who listens to the traditional musics of many different cultures, I must preface my review by saying that this is my first cd of Hawaiian slack-key guitar music. It won't be my last. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because I think it's a great cd, but then again I don't have any other Hawaiian cds to compare it to so I need to leave the door open in case I find myself reviewing even better ones in the future.

I've been on the verge of trying Hawaiian guitar music for several years but I just could never get myself to lose the image of that god-awful tourist music that we see on tv every time someone steps off of a plane onto Hawaiian soil. I am glad I decided to just bite the bullet, buy this cd, and hope that it's different than that music. It is! The Hawaiian tracks on TONE POEMS III really helped in pushing me to explore the style further.

What continues to strike me most about this cd is the variety of moods. Hawaiian music is much more stylistically, rhythmically, and emotionally diverse than I had thought it would be. Some of this cd is very upbeat and really makes you wish there were a beach around, but then other tracks are heart-wrenchingly moving. There is almost a "joyful sadness" to some of this music. And then some of it just flat-out smokes!

I also need to comment on the great sonic quality of the recording. There is a real tonal richness to slide playing on National and Bear Creek Kona guitars. If the recording quality is mediocre the guitars really sound flat and sorta cheezy. On this cd all that richness is revealed and you can really hear the notes reverberating out of these amazing instruments. Just going by this one cd, I think Dancing Cat Records has done a real service to the pure and rich tones of acoustic, stringed instruments."