Herb Ohta, Jr.
Roy Sakuma Prod. (RSCD 2003)
(FOURTH SOLO RECORDING)
2003 Hawai‘i Music Awards Nominee:
(Best Instrumental of the Year)
2003 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominee:
(Instrumental of the Year)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Roy Sakuma Productions, Inc.
PRODUCER(S): Herb Ohta, Jr. & Charley Lukela
ENGINEERING & MIX: Charley Lukela
Steve Jones: Bass
Jon Yamasato: Guitar
Noel Okimoto: Percussions
Ronnie Esteban: Keyboards / String Arrangements
The Honolulu Advertiser
Sunday June 1, 2003
Review By Wayne Harada
Genre: 'Ukulele instrumental, with one vocal track.
Distinguishing notes: By now, Herb Jr. has made his own imprint on the island music scene and won't be mistaken for his father, Herb "Ohta-san" Ohta. Like Dad, Herb Jr. has clearly made the uke a solo instrument of distinction, plucking through a variety of songs here, from local faves "He Aloha No O Honolulu" and "Honolulu City Lights," and established standards that periodically infiltrate local repertoire such as "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" and "What a Wonderful World." Herb Jr.'s original composition, "Look Into My Heart," marks his debut as a singer, too, with Jomel Sumira, a Moanalua High School student, also featured on the love ballad.
The outlook: Herb Jr.'s musicianship continues to marvel and impress; there's quite a bit of eloquence and emotion in his touch. And yes, he takes risk, too, and proves he has a future as an occasional vocalist!
Our take: Herbie rides again — and it's a smooth and sensuous journey from start to finish.
The Star Bulletin
Friday October 17, 2003
Review By John Berger