Music: Hawaii's Man Of Steel

A new CD unearths the joyous island sound of virtuoso guitarist King Bennie Nawahi

The Red Devils, a Manhattan quintet, tears into Dinah--tears it up, rather, and tosses it like confetti over the giddy audience. Music historian Robert Armstrong defines the band's sound as a "unique blend of jazz, pop and hokum," and a few seconds into Dinah, the listener surrenders to the melange. The plucky violinist takes a solo, then a guy going infectiously nuts on tissue paper and comb. Finally it's steel guitarist King Bennie Nawahi's turn. He attacks the melody while caressing his instrument; his solo, like the best improvs, seems both wild and thoughtful. The full band convenes for a last...

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