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Jim Kimo West | Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar-Kimo Style

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Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar-Kimo Style

by Jim Kimo West

Hawaii\'s gentle tradewinds and azure ocean inspire these acoustic instrumentals from slack key guitar master, Kimo West, one of the most unique and virtuosic purveyors of the Hawaiian ki ho\'alu tradition.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Strawberry Guavas
4:06 $0.99
2. Hana Highway Slack Key
3:02 $0.99
3. Akaka Falls
3:14 $0.99
4. Lullaby For My Tutu
3:00 $0.99
5. Little Grass Shack
2:47 $0.99
6. Imagine
3:23 $0.99
7. Ke Kai Malie
4:43 $0.99
8. Ku'u Lei Awapuhi
3:41 $0.99
9. Goin' Upcountry
3:34 $0.99
10. Itoshi No Kimi Ni
4:04 $0.99
11. Hanalei Morning
3:26 $0.99
12. Na Halia Aloha
4:55 $0.99
13. The Hawaiian Wedding Song
2:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
In 1985, after a long summer on tour playing guitar for a famous rock and roll touring act Jim West made his first trip to Hana, Maui and fell in love with cultural and physical landscape of Hawai’i, sometimes spending a couple months a year there. It was there that he also discovered “ki ho‘alu” or as it is more commonly called, “slack key” guitar, an old Hawaiian style of playing where the strings are
loosened or “slacked” to different tunings, allowing the bass, chords and melody to be played simultaneously. Playing strictly for fun and relaxation, he was soon accepted into the inner circle of the most famous slack key artists and was given the name, "Kimo", Hawaiian for "James".

Following his releases "Coconut Hat and "Slack Key West", "Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar-Kimo Style", is Kimo's third CD. A collection of original compositions and new slack key arrangements of classic Hawaiian songs, "Kimo-Style" conjures up a warm, tropical ambiance and is full of interesting guitar textures. Standout tracks include a beautiful arrangement of John Lennon's "Imagine and a virtuosic solo arrangement of the hapa-haole classic "Little Grass Shack". Kimo is also a recent recipient of a Hawaii
Music Award for his CD of slack key Christmas songs, “Kimo’s Hawaiian Slack key Christmas” and is a two time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward keeping ki ho’alu alive.



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Sean Pete

Another Must Have
I am on Jim's email list and ordered this the very night he announced it. I own his previous two and this one is just as great. It's obvious he's passionate about ki ho'alu music and if you're inexperienced, this may spark the same passion in you. Truly inspirational.

I'm also a huge fan of Lennon's "Imagine" and West's interpretation somehow does the impossible and brings more emotion into that track.

Julie Jenkins

Jim's cd's are always a pleasure to listen to. I use them for flights and love to watch the earth slip by me as he plays. It's the best sound track for calming nerves and rejuvenating a harried mind. His skill is phenomenal. He can play ANY style he chooses and he excels in what he loves most. A must have for anyone who appreciates any kind of guitar playing.

April Tew

An Absolute Great!
This has got to be Kimo's best album yet, however, all of his albums are great! Every song on this album is an absolute great and extremely relaxing. Kimo is not only a great song writer, but a great person to go along with it. Great job Kimo, keep up the great work!
April from MySpace :)

Richard Stockton

Cocnut Hat
Kimo's slack key is always a pleasure, and this album is not exception. Highly recommended!

Patti Brown

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar-Kimo Style
This is a lovely cd, from start to finish. I love the peppy "Little Grass Shack" and Jim's version of "Imagine" is just gorgeous. This is the perfect cd for chilling out, and dreaming of relaxing with a cool drink on a warm, summer day. Mahalo, Kimo, for such a beautiful cd!


This is yet another fabulous CD from Jim "Kimo" West. Every song is a gem; I love them all. I have played this music at the beach, while cooking, and even while my children do their homework.

I wholeheartedly agree with the other reviewers about Jim's version of "Imagine." In my opinion, it is even better than the original.

Thanks for making such beautiful music, Kimo!