by Aaron Aranita – reviewed by Chris Mann
on this site you can read a biography of Hawaiian composer and
Aranita. You can also
read my review of Aaron’s second album “One
doing something a little unusual here and revisiting his first album,
which was released in 1998. It
came out on the MGC label and was never distributed nationally or,
indeed, reviewed outside Hawaii until now.
is a lovely upbeat opener. It
has a real Dotsero-type sound (which is great for me as I love Dotsero).
It has a strong melody and is catchy.
I particularly enjoyed Aranita’s electric piano solo. Is it You showcases his bright tenor sax sound, which
works well with the ‘80’s-style female backing vocals and brassy
is a nice smoky ballad where Aranita’s lovely tenor reminds me of
Ronnie Laws. In my notes
I wrote “grand and beautiful” – and a week after writing that, I
still feel the same. There’s
a very breezy feel on Sugartown.
Soprano sax dances over Ricardo Pasillas lively percussion, and
Peter Horvath’s Chick Corea-style keyboard solo is gorgeous.
There is so much to enjoy in this classy tune.
very romantic One Moment is the first of two vocal tracks on
the CD and though the vocal is cleanly recorded, I find the sax sounds
on this song more appealing. I’ll
make the comparison again with my beloved Ronnie Laws on Far
Eastern Standard Time. It
has a lovely, lazy 5/4 beat and great chord changes.
award-winning Gregoria launches with Terry Miller’s lovely
fretless bass and Don Pendergrass’ piano before settling into a
bluesy ballad with tenor horn to die for – great phrasing, enough
reverb and just a classic sound!
The title track is a vibrant and upbeat, latin-tinged tune.
If you couldn’t hear the similarity with Ronnie Laws’ sound
before, just check the soprano sax on this!
Think “Every Generation”.
Rippingtons-style intro on the exotic Ka’ohe (Bamboo).
I enjoyed Terry’s bass solo on here and the exquisite doubled
horn lines throughout. My
favourite song. Follow
Me is the second vocal and again I’m more drawn to the string
synth sounds and heavenly soprano sax than to the vocal itself.
CD was a real surprise; it’s from a player little known outside his
native Hawaii and released on a small label without a major
distribution deal. The
standard of composition, musicianship and production is very high.
I consistently enjoy Aranita’s sax sound and look forward to
his next release which will be available later in 2004 and which I
hope to review. Aaron’s
own website is the one to
watch for news. “Eastbound”
has been available recently online.
If you have problems accessing either of these sites, please
let me know and I will contact Aaron to get details of where you can
get more information and buy his music.
MGC Records – MGC1019 – Produced b
y Kool Kat Productions,