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"Slack Key West" is a collection of unique and relaxing ki ho 'alu or "slack key" guitar instrumentals,almost all originals ,which is unusual for this style as most artists rely on existing reptoire. Gentle ryhthms and exotic new tunings make Kimo's music very special. And it's a virtual tour of some of Hawaii's most beautiful places without the expense of an airline ticket!

About the Artist

Jim "Kimo" West, best known as long-time guitarist for acclaimed musical parodist, "Weird Al" Yankovic, has also had a long relationship with Hawai'i and the art of 'slack key" guitar. "Slack Key West" is the long-awaited follow to hif first release, "Coconut Hat" and his subsequent commission for the National Tropical Botanical Garden, "Nurturing The Garden"

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Westernmost Records
  • ASIN: B0009ZD6T8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Candace Freeland on May 29, 2006
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I live in Hawaii, play slack key guitar myself and am very familiar with the music of all the well known players in the islands. I had the good fortune of meeting Kimo West in person during a photo shoot on Kauai and he sent me a copy of "Slack Key West".

From the first track and with every single track on the cd - I was blown away with delight and surprise - Kimo West is one of the best of the best and deserves to be widely known and recognized in the world of slack key guitar. His guitar playing has fluidity, style, humor and tenderness that is uniquely his own. Each piece on this album (many of them are original compositions) is a gem. Buy this album - spread the word - this player is the real deal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BeanieGirl on April 11, 2006
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Listen to this Cd with your eyes closed and you will swear you can feel the warm ocean breeze upon your face and smell the salt in the air. Yet another wonderful creation by Jim West. Will help you find your corner of zen happiness after a hectic day!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Nicholls on November 5, 2008
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Slack Key West is full of beautiful and relaxing music. Jim West has put together a very nice collection of the hawaiian style of guitar play he fell in love with many years ago when not touring with Weird Al. I gave this CD 4 stars instead of 5 because though it is a very unique sound, after a while some songs may sound the same. But I could sit and listen to the tracks My Hawaiian Heart or Espaniolo all day long. So I give this a soild 4.
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I was born in Hawaii before it was a state (it was a territory). I remember when it became a state (1959?) I was so proud. My family moved away from there when I was young, but it has always been in my heart. I can remember my Mom doing the Hula dance so gracefully with her outstretched arms telling a story as the gentle swaying and movements seem to talk to you through your soul. Although, most of the music I remember was more pedal steel guitar based and ukulele, I do remember being lulled to sleep by some of the guitar music which I did not know at that age, was slack-key style.

I started playing guitar as a youth. I never became an expert, but I know the difficulty of playing it as if it is talking and singing to you, as it touches your heart and sends you to that tropical paradise. Jim Kimo West does that to me. I can listen to a whole album non-stop and not even remember what I was doing, because I was lost in the Spirit of Hawaii.
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Kimo's intricate tickling of the strings of his guitar will transport you to the Islands. His music is influenced by the slack key masters of Hana, Maui, but he adds his own creative, original touch. Mellow, sometimes playful, but never boring renditions on this CD are a wonderful addition to your Hawaiian music library that you will listen to over and over again.

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If you want some slack key guitar tunes, just buy this CD. Production quality is excellent, and "Kimo" plays the tunes masterfully. I actually became acquainted with one of these tunes during a vacation in Hawaii when I heard background music to a cheesy video about Kauai. If you're thinking, as I did, that the price is a little high, don't let that stop you from doing the right thing--if you need some tunes played on slack key guitar. This is a high quality product and will bring a smile to your face.
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By Kristine on May 12, 2007
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This is Jim's best work so far!

I love this CD. His music is so peaceful and relaxing. It's great for working on homework, or unwinding after a long day.

My favorite song on this CD is the second one, "Popoki Lolo". The composition is amazing- it really portrays the cat he met, and what their interaction was like.
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I first became aware of Jim Kimo West from his work as guitarist for "Weird Al" Yankovic. I bought this album back in December, and it was very good. I didn't really have much interest in Hawaiian-style music beforehand, but I enjoyed this album very much. Terrific album.
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