Herb Ohta, Jr. & Daniel Ho:
“Step 2: ‘Ukuleles In Paradise 2”
Daniel Ho Creations (DHC 80033)
2006 Hawai‘i Music Awards Nominee
(Best ‘Ukulele Album of the Year)
2006 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominee:
(Instrumental of the Year)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Daniel Ho Creations
PRODUCER(S): Herb Ohta, Jr. & Daniel Ho
ENGINEERING, MIX, & MASTERING: Daniel Ho
The Honolulu Advertiser
Sunday April 2, 2006
Review By Wayne Harada
Genre: 'Ukulele instrumentals.
Distinguishing notes: Repeating the formula of their first dual-uke project, with Herb Ohta Jr. on the left channel and Daniel Ho on the right, these two strummers know all about balance and pacing. Like a handful of other prime 'ukulele masters, Ohta and Ho champion the uke as a solo instrument, all the while creating a pleasurable listening experience. The acoustic approach remains magical here; the addition of a third 'ukulele on "Song for Anna," tapping the originator of the three-decades-old hit, Ohta-san (Herb Jr.'s dad), makes this a particularly memorable outing. The repertoire scopes a handful of favorites, some vintage, some recent, and also dares to further explore the lasting power of "Over the Rainbow." And the language of the instrument — gentle, frolicking, romantic or playful — shines through on such savory titles as "Ka Wai Lehua 'A'ala Ka Honua," "Kaimana Hila" and "Sanoe."
The outlook: Could be a catalyst to launch the uke into the Hawaiian Grammy mix.
Our take: Ohta and Ho are on a roll; a sure-fire chartbuster.
The Star Bulletin
Saturday April 1, 2006
Review By John Berger