Rhythm of Paradise
CD Review- "The Rhythm of Paradise" - Artist: Tim Coffman Keith Haugen - Oceanic-Time Warner Columnist Honolulu, Hawai'i The Rhythm of Paradise, a new release from Rolltop Music, demonstrates so well a very special feeling that producer Tim Coffman has for Hawai'i and the music that is Hawai'i. It's called 'aloha.' There is a very distinctive Island feeling about the songs and the arrangements on this new Coffman CD, with a soft, sweet touch of Hawaiian steel guitar, just in case your mind wanders to other Islands. Some of the melodies have a very Hawaiian feel, while others have a fascinating fusion of Hawaiian with country or ballads. Tim clearly has mastered many different genres to come up with the songs and the sound on this new CD. As a songwriter, musician and producer, Tim proved himself on earlier recordings of instrumental music, ranging from Vintage American and jazz to some beautiful Island songs on his "Beach & Guitar" CD in 2004. Six of the songs on this new CD have already proved themselves to an international audience, helping listeners relax and enjoy music that helps them conjure up thoughts and feelings about Hawai'i. Whether you've been to the Islands, or only dreamt about going, you can't help but let your mind wander to the blue Pacific and the lush, green Hawaiian Islands as you listen to cuts like "Sunset at Waikiki" and "Ka Hula O NÄ_Niu,"(The Dance of the Palm Trees). Many people are unaware of the presence of cowboys and ranching in Hawai'i, but Tim brings that aspect of old Hawai'i to the fore as well, with songs like "Big Island Rodeo," "Kona Cowboys" and even "The Waikiki Two-Step", are perfect for country music fans who dance. As a composer, Tim Coffman, excels. He captures thoughts and feelings, surroundings and attitudes in his melodies. These are tunes you will hum to, and that will find their way back into your mind when you least expect it. Calling this collection "The Rhythm of Paradise" is so appropriate since every cut will make you want to dance. From a slow, cheek-to-cheek dance as you cuddle on the dance floor with Fresh Roses to the definite swing that you'll do to Honolulu City Swing, they are all written for those who love to dance. Even the wallflowers that sit on the sidelines will find themselves swaying, bobbing and weaving, their feet tapping to the Coffman melodies. Once again, Tim has put together a group of outstanding musicians, including Greg Sardinha, Gordon Freitas, and Greg Helenihi, Hawaiian musicians whose music and styles are already well known among fans of both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian sounds. If it is not a new genre, it certainly borders on it. Tim has created new songs within the framework of existing sounds, but in a style all his own. They will be accepted as Hawaiian by most, as a new genre by others. If you want to spend some time conjuring up mind pictures of the Islands, of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, flowers, sunsets over the blue Pacific Ocean, and yes, even Hawaiian cowboys, this CD is for you. -- Keith Haugen The Songs: Big Wave Gypsies: a today sound, a great melody with rhythm, and excellent single string guitar solo work. It sets the stage for the entire recording. Honolulu City Swing: Now that you are in the mood, here's one with a definite Hawaiian feel, the Hawaiian signature sound of the steel guitar, but with a real swing to it. Waikiki Two Step: It works, like a two-step should. Close your eyes, and you can see couples doing the two-step in a very Hawaiian or even a country setting. Cat & Mouse: Another very danceable tune, for movin' and groovin', or playing cat and mouse games. Fresh Roses: As you might expect from the title, this puts you on the dance floor too, but close to someone, cuddling as the lights go down low. This is music for lovers. Aloha Beach: The haunting sound of the steel guitar sneaks in to remind you that you are in the Islands, while the keyboard drops some light rain, the morning mist that blows from the nearby mountains to the ever-present Pacific. Big Island Rodeo: There's a cowboy feel to this one, as you might expect from cowboy country on the Big Island, home of Parker Ranch, the largest family owned cattle ranch in the United States. It's a real western feel, Hawaiian style. Kona Cowboys: Again, a blend of guitar and steel guitar give you a cowboy feel, in a very Hawaiian way. This is almost certain to be a favorite up in Waimea. One Night in Lahaina: Strolling down the street in Lahaina town on West Maui, this one is complete with the sights and smells, the breeze and ocean, the people. You can see them all in this timeless melody. Low Tide: Ah, the waves washing in on the shore, shades of "Hawai'i Calls" the radio program that brought the Islands surf into millions of homes all over the world over a 40-year period. Tim has not forgotten it, nor will you. Ka Hula O NÄ_ Niu (The Dance of the Palm Trees): Close your eyes, you'll find yourself looking up, hoping to see those swaying palm trees. A catchy melody with a definite Island feel. Sunset at Waikiki: A fitting end to this musical journey to the Islands. The sweet sound of the Hawaiian steel guitar is chiming it's way into your mind and your heart. It makes you want to come back again and again. Keith Haugen has been a part of Hawaiian music for more than 40 years as a performer, songwriter, recording artist and producer. He is a former writer and entertainment editor at the Honolulu Star Bulletin. With his Maui-born Hawaiian wife, he performed for more than 30 years in Waikiki and around the world. He has credits on more than 40 albums, from producer and artist to translator and editor. Together, the Haugen's have released more than a dozen of their own recordings, mostly Hawaiian, but also including Christmas, patriotic, country, lullabies and more. They are multiple winners in both local music industry awards programs in Hawai'i. For the past 11 years Keith has produced and hosted 'The Music of Hawai'i,' a popular program still heard weekly on KIPO, 89.3 FM Honolulu. In March 2006, the Haugen's were honored by the Music Foundation of Hawai'i as the first recipients of the Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement as a Musical Group. Keith is currently working on a book about the history of Hawaiian music. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New CD "The Rhythm of Paradise" by Tim Coffman Contact: Pam - Rolltop Music - E-mail: email@example.com San Diego, CA: Rolltop Records announces the release of "The Rhythm of Paradise", a new CD of pure "Aloha" from producer Tim Coffman. This is the fifth original music project by this gifted composer who brings together a beautiful collection of his romantic Hawaiian Island love songs and dance tunes. The Rhythm of Paradise combines 6 existing songs and 6 new compositions into a South Pacific soundtrack that has all of the ambience and inspiration of the islands. If you need a dose of island energy, this music will get you up and moving your feet, if your heart longs for the gentle island breezes blowing through the palm trees or a Hawaiian sunset The Rhythm of Paradise can take you there. In a recent interview, published in Jazz Review, writer Joe Montague observed in his opening monologue, "Tim Coffman created an entirely new musical genre when he married a combination of retro and modern surf to the sound of the Hawaiian steel guitar". "He is a composer who is not afraid to color outside the lines, sometimes in pastels, sometimes in more vivid colors". Pastels and vivid colors is just what The Rhythm of Paradise offers. These 12 songs of genuine Aloha take you to a place where the dance tunes burst with energy and excitement and the romantic songs are filled with beauty and grace. The ideas for this much anticipated collection of island favorites actually began with the release of Tim's last two CDs, "Beach & Guitar" and "Music From Beach Boulevard". Tim included songs with Hawaiian island themes on both projects and attributes some of their popularity to the unique island sound. The Rhythm of Paradise was recorded in Hawaii and San Diego. Tim is joined by Greg Sardinha and Gary Brandin on Hawaiian steel, Anthony Da Luz, Don Strandberg and Beau Mac Dougal on guitar. Gordon Freitas and Greg Helenihi on Ukulele, Duncan Moore on Drums, Bill Haworth on piano, John Rekevics on Sax and Walter Santos on percussion. Songs include: Big Wave Gypsies Honolulu City Swing Waikiki Two-Step Cat & Mouse Fresh Roses Aloha Beach Big Island Rodeo Kona Cowboys One Night in Lahaina Low Tide Ka Hula O Na Niu (The Dance of the Palm Trees) Sunset at Waikiki STORY/Bio - Tim Coffman / Songwriter/ Musician/ Producer CONTACT: Pam - Rolltop Music / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org "The Rhythm of Paradise" is the newest CD release from Rolltop Records, a San Diego-based Indie label. Produced by Tim Coffman, "The Rhythm of Paradise" is a South Pacific soundtrack of pure Aloha, that has all of the ambience and inspiration of the islands. It features a beautiful collection of Tim's romantic Hawaiian Island love songs and dance tunes. On "The Rhythm of Paradise" Tim Coffman delivers a stunning soundtrack, where the dance tunes burst with energy and excitement and the romantic songs are filled with the beauty and splendor of Hawaii. This gifted composer will surprise you with his ability to mix styles together into a completely new vibe. The Rhythm of Paradise includes these new songs, Big Wave Gypsies, Honolulu City Swing, Cat & Mouse, Aloha Beach, Big Island Rodeo and One Night in Lahaina. This is Coffman's fifth original music project and is a follow-up to his highly successful 2005 release of "Music From Beach Boulevard". This original music journey actually began several years ago. In 2002, Coffman began recording This Is Fun, his first personal project of instrumental songs that he had written over a 10-year span but had never gotten around to recording. The resulting nine-track CD represents a sentimental trip back to the 60's, when melody dominated popular music. Coffman then added just the right blend of contemporary spices and captured the essence of the instrumental pop music genre of the time. The result is some very fresh 'Vintage Soundtracks.' Never content to rest on his laurels, Coffman wrote and produced the 2003 release Nonstop to Paris, which was embraced by smooth jazz radio and during it's debut week scored on the list of top 10 most added radio singles. Destined to be a smooth jazz favorite Nonstop to Paris is a mix of Cool Jazz, smooth Jazz and deep vintage grooves. In 2004 he release the popular surf and Hawaiian island CD entitled Beach & Guitar. But to tell the story in more depth, we need to go back to Coffman's roots in a three-decade career that has taken him from sharing the stage with rock music luminaries Steppenwolf and the Dave Clark Five to country legends Roy Clark and Jimmy Dean. During the following years Coffman performed as a front man and bassist for several West Coast bands and worked as a freelance songwriter and producer. Coffman's natural progression from performer to producer began in earnest in 1984 when he opened a small recording studio in San Diego and began building a solid reputation as a music producer and engineer. During the years that followed, Coffman produced hundreds of projects including local and national commercials, and full length CDs for Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin and Contemporary Gospel artists. In 1986, Coffman founded Rolltop Records as a way to promote the artists he was recording. Rolltop, named for the huge desk in which the studio mixing board was set, became the epicenter for many recording artists in San Diego. Coffman also enjoyed a stint as a successful concert promoter, working with many leading Gospel artists, including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and others. In 1993, Coffman launched a series of CDs that eventually grew to six volumes of praise and worship music. Drawing almost solely on hometown talent, the Adventures worship series continues to enjoyed national airplay on over 250 Gospel stations. Now, fast forward to 2006. "The Rhythm of Paradise" is a collection of 6 existing songs and 6 new compositions that where recorded in Hawaii and San Diego and features some very well-known Hawaiian musicians. Take time to share the Aloha.