Herb Ohta, Jr.
Lele Music Productions (LMPCD 1001)
(FIFTH SOLO RECORDING)
2004 Hawai‘i Music Awards Nominee
(Best Instrumental of the Year)
2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominee:
(Instrumental of the Year)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Lele Music Productions
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
Barry Flanagan: Guitar
Shun Tanaka: Drums
Kuni Nakai: Bass
The Honolulu Advertiser
May 16, 2004
Review By Wayne Harada
Genre: Instrumental 'ukulele; two vocals.
Distinguishing notes: Herb Ohta Jr. has emerged as one of a fistful of stellar 'ukulele wizards — Jake Shimabukuro is in this league — to carry on the tradition of the uke. Here, he assembles seven original compositions and puts his imprint on five "covers." He's demonstrated with singing, too, and a pair of vocal tracks are offered as "bonus" items in this feast for the ears. His touch, like his dad Herb "Ohta-san" Ohta's, is precise and controlled, with exquisite strumming that ultimately speaks a language of its own. The new cuts that impress are "Ocean of Dreams," "Beach Walk," "Tropical Delight" — wondrous eloquence from his pluckings — and the borrowed tunes ("Lei Pikake," "Sir Duke," "Europa") are masterfully interpreted. As a vocalist, Ohta Jr. is still a learner but demonstrates growing confidence and resourcefulness on "Pua Hone" and "Spend It With You."
The outlook: Great production values, appealing renderings of new and old 'ukulele jewels.
Our take: Herbie rides again — and it's a satisfying journey.
The Star Bulletin
Friday May 28, 2004
Review By John Berger