June 13, 2000
Shanachie Records
World, Hawaiian, Oceanic Traditions

Album Review

King Bennie Nawahi is, without a doubt, the finest Hawaiian slide player that ever lived. As the excellent liner notes to this superb collection explain, the slide guitar sound became very popular in the early part of the 20th Century. And while it was a novelty style for many, Nawahi's unequaled chops and fine melodic sense raised it to a true art form. There's bouncing swing ("Signin' in the Bathtub") that is charming in itself. But there is also heartbreaking and haunting treatments of traditional tunes here as well. Indeed, "Mauna Kea" belongs with Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night..." as one of the finest slide performances ever captured. For fans of classic jazz, world music, and great guitar, this disc is beyond essential.
Tim Sheridan, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Hawaiian Capers
  2. Singin' in the Bathtub
  3. Ukelele Benny
  4. May Day Is Lei Day in Hawaii
  5. Dinah
  6. Mauna Kea
  7. Honolulu Bound
  8. My Little A-1 Brownie
  9. Big Feet Rag
  10. My Girl from the South Sea Isles
  11. Ticklin' the Strings
  12. Black Bly Blues
  13. California Blues
  14. I've Seen My Baby
  15. Waikiki Blues
  16. I Went to Hilo
  17. Guitar Rhythm
  18. Hawaiian Melody
  19. Aloha Means I Love You
  20. Wiggle Yo Toes
  21. Otto Wood the Bandit
  22. Maui No la Ka Oi
  23. I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All?