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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Bob Brozman 1981 Blue Hula Stomp
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Size: 94,64 MB
Review by Chris Nickson
There's little doubt that Bob Brozman's a virtuoso on all plucked string instruments, but his speciality is the National Resophonic guitar, and he can make that do anything, as he shows on this collection, which, like much of his work, has a decidedly Hawaiian lilt.
The bulk of the material on Blue Hula Stomp dates from the 1920s and '30s, rejigged in his own idiosyncratic style, whether it's the unusual, bluesy "Do You Call That a Buddy?" or the lightning fast hula, "Hano Hano Hanalei." He's not just someone who can play with remarkable speed and precision, as he does on "Chili Blues," but also with moving expression, as on the 1916 "hesitation" waltz, "Paauau Waltz," a tune that demands a lot of the player, but which Brozman pulls off with moving panache. Perhaps the most unusual, however, is "Ukulele Spaghetti," played on a National ukulele, the kind of piece to make every guitarist -- and uke player -- pick his or her jaw up off the floor in complete awe.
And when he really takes off on the title track, it becomes explosive, as Brozman handles wooden and National Hawaiian guitars, rhythm and duet guitars, wooden ukulele, saxophones, and a vocal. A work of genuine joy and complete genius.
01 - C Stomp Blues 03:45
02 - Body And Soul 03:41
03 - Hilo March 02:38
04 - Ukulele Spaghetti 01:47
05 - Do You Call That A Buddy 03:28
06 - Chili Blues 02:18
07 - Paauau Waltz 04:07
08 - Short Man's Vindication 03:20
09 - Wasting My Love On You 04:17
10 - Hano Hano Hanalei 02:45
11 - Blue Hula Stomp 03:13
12 - Hilo Hula 03:22
13 - Agogostein's Lament 02:41
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