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Music of Hawaii
Jack de Mello
Music of Hawaii
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Music of Hawai'i, when first released, achieved a new standard of success by which all other albums would be measured in the future. Music of Jack de Mello's contributions to Hawaiian music set new standards for others to...  more »

     
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All Artists: Jack de Mello
Title: Music of Hawaii
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: The Orchard
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Re-Release Date: 3/21/2000
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Pacific Islands, Hawaii
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 669910515921

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Music of Hawai'i, when first released, achieved a new standard of success by which all other albums would be measured in the future. Music of Jack de Mello's contributions to Hawaiian music set new standards for others to follow. Jack continues writing music and creating new techniques with the technology of today, but his history must be preserved and with digital mediums commonplace and the purest of recording techniques of past eras, Jack's son, Jon, now presents this first in a series of collectors' editions that have withstood, the test of time.

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Hawai'i's Own
musicmikie | Hilo, Hawaii | 11/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is an anthology of richly orchestrated, impressionistic treatments of some of Hawai'i's most famous songs. Many of the tunes were composed by Hawai'i's "Ali'i" or royalty, others by local composers. You'll also find Jack de Mello's arrangements of Ken Darby's "Kalua" and Bronsilau Kaper's "Mutiny on the Bounty." Some of the pronunciation of the 'Olelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian language) is not always as accurate as native speakers would prefer. Nevertheless, the recording offers both dazzling and often poignant arrangements of melodies that I grew up with. I am moved by the beauty of this collection and wish that other of Mr. de Mello's albums will be re-released on CD's.Not too be overlooked is the rich beauty of the solo vocalist, Nina Keali'iwahamana, whose clear, lilting and skilled interpretations will transport the listener to our beautiful island home.Anyone interested in finely crafted orchestral and vocal arrangements will appreciate Mr. de Mello's artistic skill. I grew up with the folk music of my Hawai'i island home and came to enjoy Mr. de Mello's work as an undergraduate music student. I still listen to this CD often and discover nuances of orchestral design each time!"