Christine Bougie Aloha Supreme

Christine Bougie Aloha Supreme
Toronto, ON guitarist Bougie has primarily been known as an in-demand accompanist to the likes of Amy Millan, Jenny Whiteley and Elizabeth Shepherd. Her lap steel playing, in particular, has attracted attention, and it is the central focus of this lovely and highly accomplished third solo album. Aloha Supreme defies easy classification, as Bougie's playing and compositions on this all-instrumental record transcend the roots music setting most commonly associated with the instrument. For instance, "Hammy's Revenge" and a cover of Brian Wilson classic "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" (the only non-original here) have a chamber music feel boosted by the cello of Andrew Downing and clarinet of Julia Hambleton. Elsewhere, the fine trumpet work of Bryden Baird adds variety to four numbers, while Dafydd Hughes's Wurlitzer playing adds atmosphere and warmth. The title tune features Bougie on lap steel, electric guitar, ukulele, bass and percussion, and is as sunny and breezy as a walk on Waikiki. Fans of the Henrys and Daniel Lanois' steel work should definitely investigate this charming offering. (Independent)