General Music | Holiday Music
Released February 2018, Moku Maluhia (Peaceful Island) features an all-original playlist of super-relaxing slack key guitar with guest appearances by George Abe on shakuhachi and Simone Vitucci on cello.
SLACKERS IN PRADISE
The first-ever duet album from these two masters of Hawaiian slack key and steel guitar conjures a treasure trove of island music from Hawaiian folk to ragtime, blues, Hawaiian jazz and even polka! Slack key master, producer and composer, Jim "Kimo" West is well known as long-time guitarist for the world s foremost musical satirist, Weird Al Yankovic, who makes an accordion cameo on the Slack Key Polka. Legendary slack and steel guitarist Ken Emerson has a rich musical heritage, having performed and recorded with many iconic Hawaiian. Besides a number of new original pieces this recording includes some vintage Hawaiian jazz such as Hapa Haole Hula Girl, as well as the Fats Waller classic Lulu's Back In Town and even a Rolling Stones cover of Ruby Tuesday played on two slack key guitars.
Best known for his Hawaiian slack key guitar releases, Jim "Kimo" West brings a world of influences to this recording. The sonic palette reaches from contemporary Hawaiian to Middle Eastern, Andalusian, West African, Americana and orchestral, all complimented by a stellar cast of players on steel guitar, cello, violin, viola, flute, percussion and upright bass with Kimo performing on acoustic and electric guitars, baritone guitar, Moog guitar, electric bass and more.
NA LANI O MAUI
The skies of Maui are ever-changing, dramatic and full of surprise, just like life itself. This collection of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian "slack key" guitar instrumentals speaks of the warm trade winds, sparkling blue oceans and the peaceful sunsets that are part of everyday life in Hawai'i. Even older than the blues, Hawaiian slack key has it's roots in 1830's Hawaii, when guitars were first brought by Spanish "vaquieros" who came over to teach Hawaiians about managing cattle. Jim "Kimo" West has been playing and recording slack key guitar for over twenty years and and has a number of awards to his credit. He can often be found in Hana, Maui, at any of the state's slack key festivals and perhaps having some "kau kau" at one of the island's ubiquitous food stands!
HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR: KIMO-STYLE
A warm and island-influenced collection of original compositions and new arrangements of classic songs in Jim "Kimo" West's unique "nahenahe" style. With its superb recording quality and evocative sonic landscape, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar: Kimo-Style reinforces his legacy as one of ki ho'alu's true masters and will undoubtedly prove that slack key guitar is still a living and evolving acoustic guitar tradition.
SLACK KEY WEST
Another great collection of uniquely original ki ho ‘alu instrumentals, with a few choice covers thrown in the mix. Like his initial outing, Coconut Hat, this album is full of warm, acoustic slack key instrumentals, based on his ever-evolving collection of experiences in the beautiful islands of Hawai’i, and showcases Kimo’s fluid technique and unusual tunings.
A warm and relaxing instrumental travelogue of Maui’s enchanting Hana Coast. Full of melodic and mostly original compositions, this album showcases Kimo's fluid ki ho‘alu technique and engaging musicality. Standouts include original compositions Lanikele, Ulupalakua Sunset and Holoholo Helen Style. While honoring the great tradition of ki ho‘alu, he infuses these 13 tracks with his own rich musical heritage.
HOTEL HONOULU (THE HAWAIIAN TRIBUTE TO THE EAGLES)
Jim "Kimo" West’s second album for CMH Records is a warm and trade-windy tribute to the venerable LA band, The Eagles. Done in the old traditional Hawaiian style, Hotel Honolulu takes the great and memorable songs of The Eagles and infuses them with the warm tropical sounds of slack-key guitar, ukulele, steel guitar and Hawaiian percussion, (all played by Jim "Kimo" West) to create something completely new.
A warm and island-style tribute to the legendary California punk/ska band, produced (and primarily performed) by Jim "Kimo" West for the venerable roots label, CMH Records. This unique and very listenable CD features Kimo on slack key guitar, bass, 'ukulele and steel guitar with help from: Lee Ann Harris on percussion, the legendary Greg Leisz on steel guitar and Larry Antonino on the upright bass. These fabulously talented musicians have graced records by many hugely famous artists such as Beck, Fiona Apple, Matthew Sweet, k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell and Toni Childs.