"CABRERA: LAHAINA NIGHTS"
©2000 (IMA Chicken Records)
Review by Lucky Boyd
Often before listening to a CD I read the credits to see if I know any of the pickers. Bill Cabrera's "LAHAINA NIGHTS" has an impressive list of talent, most noted by me was Rob Sudduth (The News Brothers, horn section for Huey Lewis) who wrote "So Little Kindness" for Huey Lewis. Sudduth's saxophone work along with fellow News Brother Marvin McFadden's trumpet work would be enough to make Cabrera's album noteworthy. But wait. Norton Buffalo lends his inimitable harmonica to the project and now it has two things going for it. But wait, there's more. Add the outstanding Stu Blank on B-3 and the crooning of Ms. Dallis Craft on harmonies and now you've got a package to be reckoned with. There are more pickers you would know on this disc and you'll read about them when you buy the album. Forget about all those phenoms and let's talk about Cabrera. Spending ten years in Hawaii can have an effect on your songwriting skills as is evidenced by the poignant and masterfully crafted tunes collected on this album. The only co-write is the title cut which, by the way, is worth the price of the entire album. Cabrera's voice is a crossover waiting to happen. Pop music lovers to rock fans, country audiences to Buffett fans will all rejoice. A relatively new songwriter, Cabrera delivers a knockout punch with his debut release. Released in 2000, the album is due for its five-year resurgence and now is the time. You'll put this disc in your player and let it spin for days. From Cabrera's soothing vocal to the sparkling additional vocal work, from Buffalo's hauntingly perfect harmonica to the innovative horn arrangements, you'll love every minute of "LAHAINA NIGHTS." Hey musicians, try this on for size: "The Dare" is a cool tune that volleys back and forth between 4/4 time and 6/8 time. Not everyone could pull this off. Cabrera nails it. Give this perfectly produced disc a listen and you'll be hooked on Cabrera. Texas influence meets California technology and Hawaii inspiration. Yee-haa, Kowabunga, and Aloha!
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