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Keali?i Reichel: E O Mai

Album Notes

Personnel: Keali'i Reichel (vocals, guitar, na ipu); Jamie Lawrence (vocals, guitar, bass); Halau O Ka Makani Wili Makaha O Kaua'ula (vocals, na ipu); Vanessa Rodrigues, Uluwehi Guerrero, Kekuhi Kanahele (vocals); Alan Villaren, Peter Moon, Horace K. Dudoit III (guitar); Claire Hazzard, Hung Wu (violin); Zhao Yu (viola); Karen Bechtel (cello); Eileen Whalen (oboe); Glen Goto (keyboards); Jay Molina, David Inamine, John Koko (bass); Jess Gope (drums); Matthias D'autremont, David Tucciarone (percussion); "Radical" Rob Onekea (programming); Naomi Stephens, Lance Winston, O'ahu Church Of Christ Choir (background vocals).

Ho'okena: Manu Boyd, Horace Dudoit, Glen Smith, Chris Kamaka, Ama Aarona (background vocals).

Recorded at Dolphin Sound, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Keali'i Reichel's third album E O Mai is a lovely mixture of contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music. It's a loose concept album about water, particularly in how it relates to love and life, and Keali'i keeps it together by balancing his poetic gifts with soaring music, both modern and ancient. The result is a truly original and moving listening experience. ~ Rodney Batdorf


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