Reviews of Craig's CD "Tenderly"


"…it's a real KEEPER… What I most appreciate about your work is STYLE ----- characterized by an easy-listening effort as opposed to utilizing a frenzied approach to cover up nervousness or weaknesses...This style makes it much easier for listeners to hear the music and how the instrument so effectively interfaces with it.  Your Ko'olau is a real treasure and you have done a marvelous job showing off the instrument's incredibly wonderful attributes…
When's the next edition????"

— Legendary Ukulele Master, Kimo Hussey


Craig Brandau has a great passion for creating ukulele chord melody instrumentals and this debut CD demonstrates this love in high style. On Tenderly, Brandau applies his sophisticated arrangements and light touch to some of the most beautiful songs in the great American songbook repertoire.  Highlights include the title cut, Black Orpheus, The Days Of Wine And Roses, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, The Shadow Of Your Smile and Craig's Waltz, a tune written for him by mentor/arranger Howard Heitmeyer. Recommended for fans of Herb Ohta, Benny Chong, and Lyle Ritz. 13 tracks. Lovely to listen to
from beginning to end.

— Jim Beloff


This is a wondeful collection of romantic and relaxing compositions, beautifully arranged. A bonus track, Craig's Waltz played by Howard Heitmeyer, is a wonderful wrapup of this marvelous collection of romantic tunes.
— Ukulele Player Magazine
[read the entire review here]

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