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Genres: World Music, Pop
Ray Kane is the international ambassador of slack. Still teaching and performing at age 72, Kane started his career at the age of nine. Slack key guitar gets its name from the way the artists tune, or "slack," their guitar... more »
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Ray Kane is the international ambassador of slack. Still teaching and performing at age 72, Kane started his career at the age of nine. Slack key guitar gets its name from the way the artists tune, or "slack," their guitars to accommodate different songs in different keys. Kane's second disc on Dancing Cat (the fifth of his career) is part of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters series produced by George Winston for Dancing Cat Records. Winston has been recording hundreds of songs and instrumentals by all the greatest slack key guitarists since the mid '80s. The present release is from sessions recorded in the early '90s. Kane spins motivic accompaniments and solos with gently pulsing bass lines that go from ingenuous folk, like "Kila Kila 'O Haleakala," to melancholy improv-like "Keiki Slack Key," and "Popoki Slack Key." Kane's rich guitar tone and tremulous baritone voice are stirring and blues-like. He shines on "Hi'ilawe." Wife Elodia debuts on this disc with delicate, pretty vocal support on "Aloha Ka Manini," a lilting folk tune, and on the romantic "Ke Kali Nei Au." --Daniel Ferris
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Kane's tone and skill on the guitar stand the test of time.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ray Kane's virtuosity and clarity on the guitar arrested my attention from the very first notes. Reading about his life in the CD insert just confirmed my impression from the music that he is a loving person as well as a superb musician. He simply plays his heart out and keeps me listening and swaying to the music day after day. His failing health and faltering voice make the vocals difficult to hear. Now, I wish I had heard him sing some years ago.Kane's five instrumentals, however, make the CD a cherished first in my new collection of slack key guitar music."
Lovely acoustic Hawaiian music
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 05/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A beautiful set of acoustic slack-key and vocal numbers, including some nice falsetto work by this accomplished, richly melodic, soulful old-timer. Of the Dancing Cat artists, I think Kane is one of the best-rounded and most consistent, performing in the "smooth" ("nahenalie") style, which opts to avoid the bounce and frenzy of some of the flashier Hawaiian guitar styles. A very nice, gentle album... recommended!"