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Cool Breeze by Kohala

Just as the title Cool Breeze implies, this is a CD full of very breezy, easy on the ears music. There isn’t any youthful angst, bluesy brooding over a lost love or one’s particular position in the social strata of life, nor any strong political statements or positions on any particular issues expressed here. The listener could surmise that if there is a position or philosophical agenda present in this music, it would be to relax, take your shoes off, have a cold refreshing beverage and wiggle your toes in the sand while watching the surf roll to and fro. Kohala, a group from Hawaii comprised of guitarists, Kevin Teves, Michael Brotman and Charlie Recaido draws upon a number of musical influences including jazz in their contrapuntal weave of a light, gossamer texture of sound.

Of the eleven selections that comprise the just over forty seven minutes of music, seven are originals by Brotman, with one by Teves. The group also records "I Will" by Lennon and McCartney, "Sunlight Moonlight" by Liko Martin and "Manatsuno Kajitsu" by Keisuke Kuwata. The format for all of the tunes is basically the same with Brotman taking the lead on nylon string guitar with Teves and Recaido filling out the accompaniment on steel string guitars. The group also includes some very light percussion on a few selections.

For lovers of easy going light jazz or sounds that delight and caress the ear, Cool Breeze will be a sheer delight to the listener. The music of Kohala on Cool Breeze certainly would serve as the perfect sound track for a relaxing afternoon or evening when one desires to escape the stresses of daily life and seek an alternative environment or mental escape now let's see, where is that Hawaiian shirt and sunscreen?

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kohala
  • CD Title: Cool Breeze
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Palm Records
  • Tracks: Night Marchers, Summer Stroll, Tres Amigos, Manatsuno Kajitsu, Her Secret Smile, Winds of Kohala, Last Kiss, Samba Pacific, Sunlight Moonlight, I Will, Hills of Heather
  • Musicians: Charles Michael Brotman (guitar), Charlie Recaido (guitar and percussion), Kevin Teves (guitar), Garin Poliahu (percussion), Ipu Heke (percussion)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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