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CD Review: FOUR HANDS SWEET and HOT
Four Hands Sweet and Hot - Cyril Pahinui and Bob Brozman
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EPULSE MAGAZINE, USA
January 22, 1999

Luau of the Week

By JACKSON GRIFFITH



Deluged as we get with the latest fab advance copies of upcoming releases, I still can't get 'FOUR HANDS SWEET & HOT' (Dancing Cat/Windham Hill, out now), a duet album by Hawaiian slack-key guitarist CYRIL PAHINUI and steel-resonator guitar virtuoso BOB BROZMAN, out of my CD player. Ry Cooder used to have a term for this stuff: "chicken-skin music." Which is to say that this thoroughly sublime hothouse flower of a guitar record, containing 13 instrumental and three vocal tracks, mostly well-known Hawaiian classics, is so good it'll induce goose bumps. (That is, it will if you're inclined toward delicious acoustic guitar music of the island persuasion.) So what makes this set -- the third guitar duet album in Windham Hill pianist and producer George Winston's exquisite Hawaiian music series, now up to around 20 albums -- so special? Imagine a dense, verdant thicket of plucked notes, bursting with tropical flowers (Pahinui, son of Hawaiian slack-key patriarch Gabby Pahinui and a stellar player in his own right). Blowing gently through that thicket is a warm island breeze of slide-guitar work (Brozman, whose obsession with '20s Hawaiian stringed-instrument music shows up here as a major influence). Yeah, you cynics may be gagging at this point, but trust me: In a musical world filled with so much "product" of dubious artistic merit, don't you think that a record as sweetly marvelous and relaxing as this is a good thing? Give it a listen; you won't be disappointed.

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