This Just In, Gilad Hekselman's fourth album, is by far his most exciting. It plays out like a news broadcast, peppered with short, improvised news breaks that highlight his compositions and their openness to a multitude of influences. Jazz, rock, folk, African, Israeli and North Indian classical music are dispersed throughout the album where Hekselman's harmonic creativity and rhythmic mastery prove to be natural elements of the melodic virtuosity that has become his trademark. Leading his powerful trio with Joe Martin on bass, Marcus Gilmore on drums and guest saxophonist Mark Turner on two tracks, Gilad Hekselman's deliciously dynamic music truly shines.
The 800 series consists of 17 shows. Originally there were 20 shows but 3 of them were so badly damaged that we had to retire them. They were shot on a stretch of Waikiki Beach known as DeRussy, on the Waikiki Beach cement pier with Diamond Head looming in the background, at Waimea Bay on the famous North Shore of Oahu and at Ala Moana Beach Park with Magic Island and Diamond Head in the background. You get 17 different workouts in this series.
The 700 series debuted in 1991. The locations included the deck of the SS Constitution sailing between the islands of Molokai, Maui and Lanai. We also went to Yokohama Beach on the west coast of Oahu and Makena Beach on the south shore of Maui. You can see Molokini atoll in the distance. This season's workout core team consisted of Gilad and his mother Ora, Trella, Tracey, Gail, Bill, Jill, John, Kathy, Carrie, Priscilla and Orly who was visiting from Israel. We also had a cameo appearance by Marie DeParis who did PR work for us.
The 900 series consists of 22 shows all shot on beautiful secluded beaches on Oahu. The good news is you get 22 different workouts in this series. The 900 series debuted in 1993. The locations included Waikiki Beach, Kailua Beach, Sandy Beach and the tropical jungle at the Nature Center. All of these locations are on the island of Oahu.