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by Bob Powers
Matt Catingub's musical talents arise from a familiar base. His mother Mavis Rivers made quite a splash as a renowned singer and recording artist. Music fans in Hawaii are quite familiar with Catingub's band, labeled Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack. Despite that unwieldy moniker, the group performs with a distinct flair and a friendly nod to the big bands of the '30s and '40s.Youthful enthusiasm rules and that's powerfully put across in the new album, Shake ...read more
by Paula Edelstein
Matt Catingub (a.k.a. Big Kahuna) is out to give his audiences world-class swing from a special place where the music resonates in a tropical atmosphere. HAWAIIAN SWING, a 17-track CD from Concord Jazz, is magical from the word “jump.” Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack cover top flight jazz tunes from that magical Swing Era, artfully mixing the “Aloha spirit” with “neo-swing.” The set bristles from the combination of Hawaiian pop tunes or “hapa-haole” songs as they are called, ...read more