KEN & BOB  ( KEN EMERSON , ROBERT ARMSTRONG )

ESCAPE TO JAZZ ISLAND  

Another recommendation is this cd of brand new recordings by Ken Emerson and Robert Armstrong .


Recorded and engineered by Steve O'Neill at Foxtail Sound ( Foxtail Sound ) , Dixon, California in 2011 and 2012 the duo both sing and play their guitars, ukuleles and steel guitars .


Fifteen  tunes ranging from Frank Ferera's old instrumental Palakiko Blues , classic Hawaiian melodies from the Cunha, Charles King  and Noble songbooks ; ukulele gems such as Roy Smeck's Ukulele Bounce and great 20s/30s songs like Someday Sweetheart and Japanese Sandman. Then there's a fine performance of  our old pal Shanghai Lil  and two versions of Tiger Shark, the Hawaiian classic tune from England in the 30s ( by the Hodgkinson Brothers ...better known as the Hawaiian Islanders).Plus two fine original numbers, Minkow Tango and Bees in Blue Flat .

David Paquette adds his great jazz piano to several songs and also the  vocals on Someday Sweetheart .

The charming Elaine Hoffman sings  on Pidgin English Hula


You can hear Shanghai Lil by following this link to the wonderful ukulele website ukulele.fr


You can read an excellent and comprehensive review of the cd by renowned Honolulu music expert John Berger ...follow the link here Star Advertiser

There are also samples from Pidgin English Hula and Tiger Shark  on the website of Foxtail Sound, the fine studio where the cd was recorded ...follow this link  Foxtail  you will also  find samples from other fine recordings from Steve's studio









For the benefit of those interested in who plays what on each song, Bob has kindly provided these details and we've added songwriter credits too:


1. Fish and Poi/ In a Canoe  ( Trad / Lemes-Noble)

         Ken: vocal, guitar and steel guitar

         Bob: vocal, guitar and steel guitar


2. Japanese Sandman ( Whiting-Egan)

         Ken: guitar

         Bob: ukulele


3. Shanghai Lil ( Dubin-Warren)

         Ken: ukulele, steel guitar harmonics

         Bob: vocal, guitar, steel guitar lead


4. Breeze ( Goodwin-Hanley-Macdonald)

         Ken: vocal, ukulele, steel guitar

         Bob: vocal, guitar, musical saw, steel guitar


5. Hapa Haole Hula Girl ( Kalapana-Cunha)

         Ken: vocal, steel guitar

         Bob: vocal, ukulele


6. Tiger Shark ( Hodgkinson)

          Ken: ukulele, steel guitar, bass

          Bob: guitar, steel guitar


7. Ukulele Bounce ( Smeck)

          Ken: ukulele

          Bob: guitar


8. Song of the Islands ( King)

          Ken: vocal, ukulele, steel guitar

          Bob: vocal harmony, tenor ukulele, saw, steel guitar


9. Bees in Blue Flat ( Emerson-Armstrong-Pacquette)

           Ken: steel guitar

           Bob: tenor ukulele

           David: piano


10. Someday Sweetheart ( Spikes-Spikes)

           Ken: steel guitar

           Bob: guitar

           David: vocal, piano


11. Palakiko Blues (Ferera)

           Ken: steel guitar

           Bob: guitar


12. Pidgin English Hula ( King)

           Ken: steel guitar, ukulele, bass

           Bob: guitar

           Elaine: vocal


13. Minkow Tango ( Emerson)

           Ken: steel guitar

           Bob: ukulele


14. Girl of My Dreams ( Clapp)

           Ken: steel guitar

           Bob: tenor ukulele

           David: piano


15. Tiger Shark reprise (Hodgkinson)

            Ken: ukulele

            Bob: guitar