CD Reviews: Troy Fernandez and Atta Isaacs


LISTEN: Troy Fernandez

Hawaiian Style Ukulele 2

Is there anything more musically illustrative of Hawai‘i’s East-meets-West melting-pot culture than an ‘ukulele medley of the Kikaida and Hawai‘i Five-O themes? I submit there is not. Troy Fernandez, probably best known as the whiz ‘uke half of the erstwhile Ka‘au Crater Boys, goes on to ride a similar ’70s vibe for most of this newly released album, cranking out instrumental takes of “Hotel California,” “Wild World” and “I Can See Clearly Now,” as well as other local favorites. Retrotastic.


 LISTEN: Atta Isaacs

The Legendary Atta Isaacs

When it comes to slack key, Leland “Atta” Isaacs is a certified pioneer, and a new double album collects his best work from the late ’60s and early ’70s. This is formative stuff; Isaacs’ relaxed, masterful playing, and the warm production, complete with the occasional record pop and hiss, make modern ki hoalu (slack key) releases seem almost antiseptic by comparison. Even the guest musicians on these tracks—including Gabby and Ohta-San—are legends in their own right. An essential for any Hawaiian-music fan.



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