Catching A Wave
Steve & Teresa
Media Condition: M
Sleeve Condition: M
Genre: Jazz, Hawaiian
Notes: Clear vinyl. Second pressing in production.
If you like: light and mellow, tropical funk, this album is perfect for you!
About: Rarely does a record so perfectly encapsulate the essence of Hawai‘i. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, Hawai‘i’s live music scene was at its peak. Countless clubs, lounges, and bars filled the islands. Musicians embraced and experimented with all manner of ideas.
Among them were Steve Ma‘i‘i and Teresa Bright, a harmonizing guitar-and-bass duo that floated somewhere between nostalgia and an unassuming island sound. They could fill a concert hall or bring the family together at a backyard kanikapila with their music.
Both singers share backgrounds rooted in native Hawaiian culture; Steve once the bassist for musician/activist George Helm, and Teresa the daughter of hula dancer Carol Bright and musician Daniel Bright. Together, they crafted a refreshing approach to jazz standards, traditional Hawaiian tunes, and hapa haole classics.
Steve and Teresa enchanted every listener they encountered, including engineer Rick Keefer, who convinced the pair to record at his Sea-West Studios in nearby Hau‘ula. They cut the album in less than three hours. *via Aloha Got Soul
Why it’s worth your time: Let’s face it, we don’t all live in a tropical paradise–and for those of us landlocked, that can be a real drag, especially when warm weather hits. That’s where this album comes in. Listen to Catching A Wave and take a half hour vacation to a secret spot the locals sent you to; there you’re sure to come across a true treasure.
A favorite track: Catching A Wave