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Tapia, Bill / Livin' It Live
Album:Livin' It Live Collection:Jazz
Artist:Tapia, Bill Added:07/2009
Label:Red Piano Records 

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Reviewed 2009-08-30 
BILL TAPIA: Livin’ It Live
Red Spider, 2009

HAWAIIAN SWING – 101-year-old ‘ukulele maestro Bill Tapia continues to tour, record, and charm the pants off audiences with his gentle mix of swing standards and old-time Hawaiian tunes. This live set, recorded in S.F. in 2005, matches Bill with a local rhythm section and a series of Hawaiian guest stars (tracks 5-10).

* * * | Fo’s Picks: 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12

1. 5:37 – gentle swing… listen for when Bill plays uke behind his head!
2. 3:48 – sweet, creaky vocal: come on, how can you resist this?
3. 6:18 – easygoing instrumental swing, straightforward
4. 4:37 – soft ballad, easy pace, nice sound from the uke
5. 6:45 – a slow, warm breeze; joined by singer Mihana for a romantic sound
6. 7:21 – Led Kaapana brightens the pace… a jaunty stroll
7. 6:57 – Lyle Ritz on 2nd uke… but they’re not always in sync
8. 5:27 – a little banter, then a great duet vocal with Mihana
9. 5:33 – another bright duo with Kaapana; drums get in the way
10. 4:37 – uke duo with Lyle Ritz, much tighter than #7, nice bass too
11. 5:06 – relaxed Ellington swing and charming vocal
12. 3:32 – Bill tells a story, and he can still play “Stars and Stripes Forever”

[ Fo ] 08/30/09

Track Listing
1.Undecided 7.Satin Doll
2.I Want To Learn To Speak Hawaiian 8.All Of Me
3.Secret Love 9.The Sheik Of Araby
4.Nearness Of You 10.The Lady Is A Tramp
5.E Ku'u Morning Dew 11.In A Mellow Tone
6.Honeysuckle Rose 12.Stars And Stripes Forever