Gently Weeps

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Every so often a musician comes along who completely reimagines the possibilities of a given instrument: Jimi Hendrix on the electric guitar, Bill Monroe on the mandolin, Miles Davis on the trumpet. Jake Shimabukuro has given the ukulele a new respect altogether: unlike the instruments previously mentioned, the uke has always been considered something of a toy, used by vaudeville-type performers to punctuate comic routines. Not anymore, though. What this fourth-generation Japanese-American musician from Hawaii has done is legitimize his chosen instrument, and several albums into his career, he continues to push it forward. Gently Weeps takes its name from the opening ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Every so often a musician comes along who completely reimagines the possibilities of a given instrument: Jimi Hendrix on the electric guitar, Bill Monroe on the mandolin, Miles Davis on the trumpet. Jake Shimabukuro has given the ukulele a new respect altogether: unlike the instruments previously mentioned, the uke has always been considered something of a toy, used by vaudeville-type performers to punctuate comic routines. Not anymore, though. What this fourth-generation Japanese-American musician from Hawaii has done is legitimize his chosen instrument, and several albums into his career, he continues to push it forward. Gently Weeps takes its name from the opening track, a cover of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that emphasizes the song's fluid melody and tender lyricism. When he gets around to the Erroll Garner standard "Misty" and to Chick Corea's "Spain," Shimabukuro, who performs most of the album solo, again wrings melody and harmony lines out of the small stringed instrument that the listener probably never imagined it could deliver. He finds within his axe a range of tones and grooves -- think of how Béla Fleck moved the banjo into jazz and then imagine a ukulele in its place -- and so seamlessly adapts it to any style or song that you might just forget that this instrument isn't supposed to sound cool at all. You might also forget that often only one person is making all of this sound. Alternating stunning original works with covers not since the aforementioned Hendrix has anyone reworked "The Star-Spangled Banner" so thoroughly, Shimabukuro delivers a listening experience that both delights and surprises. Only toward the end of the disc, where three bonus tracks are tacked on, does Gently Weeps lose its focus. The three numbers -- from films and TV programs, introduce a full band, and, on the final track, "Wish on My Star," a female vocalist -- detract from the album's cohesiveness. This song, as well as the Corea cover, also appeared on his 2003 Crosscurrent album. That's not to say Shimabukuro shouldn't continue to expand in those directions, only that these tracks feel out of place and tacked on as afterthoughts here.
All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Every so often a musician comes along who completely reimagines the possibilities of a given instrument: Jimi Hendrix on the electric guitar, Bill Monroe on the mandolin, Miles Davis on the trumpet. Jake Shimabukuro has given the ukulele a new respect all together: unlike the instruments previously mentioned, the uke has always been considered something of a toy, used by vaudeville-type performers to punctuate comic routines. Not anymore, though. What this fourth-generation Japanese-American musician from Hawaii has done is legitimize his chosen instrument, and several albums into his career, he continues to push it forward. Gently Weeps takes its name from the opening track, a cover of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that emphasizes the song's fluid melody and tender lyricism. When he gets around to the Erroll Garner standard "Misty" and to Chick Corea's "Spain," Shimabukuro, who performs most of the album solo, again wrings melody and harmony lines out of the small stringed instrument that the listener probably never imagined it could deliver. He finds within his axe a range of tones and grooves -- think of how Béla Fleck moved the banjo into jazz and then imagine a ukulele in its place -- and so seamlessly adapts it to any style or song that you might just forget that this instrument isn't supposed to sound cool at all. You might also forget that often only one person is making all of this sound. Alternating stunning original works with covers (not since the aforementioned Hendrix has anyone reworked "The Star-Spangled Banner" so thoroughly), Shimabukuro delivers a listening experience that both delights and surprises. Only toward the end of the disc, where three bonus tracks are tacked on, does Gently Weeps lose its focus. The three numbers -- from films and TV programs, introduce a full band, and, on the final track, "Wish on My Star," a female vocalist -- detract from the album's cohesiveness. (This song, as well as the Corea cover, also appeared on his 2003 Crosscurrent album.) That's not to say Shimabukuro shouldn't continue to expand in those directions, only that these tracks feel out of place and tacked on as afterthoughts here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Hitchhike Records
  • UPC: 689076537841
  • Catalog Number: 765378
  • Sales rank: 25,419

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4:07)
  2. 2 Ave Maria (3:02)
  3. 3 Wish on My Star (3:49)
  4. 4 Sakura (2:56)
  5. 5 The Star-Spangled Banner (2:12)
  6. 6 Let's Dance (2:46)
  7. 7 Misty (3:38)
  8. 8 Spain (2:53)
  9. 9 Heartbeat/Dragon (4:00)
  10. 10 Blue Roses Falling (3:40)
  11. 11 Grandma's Groove (2:11)
  12. 12 Breathe (3:43)
  13. 13 Angel (4:03)
  14. 14 Lazy Jane (3:57)
  15. 15 Hula Girl (Hula Girl Theme) (3:44)
  16. 16 Beyond the Break (3:03)
  17. 17 Wish on My Star (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jake Shimabukuro Primary Artist
Michael Grande Keyboards
Akira Okazawa Bass
Dean Taba Bass
Hiroyuki Noritake Drums
Bobby Ingano Steel Guitar
Jon F. Porlas Jr. Percussion
Noel Okimoto Drums
Vernon Sakata Electric Guitar
Takashi Nishiumi Guitar
Yasuharu Nakanishi Piano
Jack Ofoia Bass, Guitar
Jennifer Perri Vocals
Seann Carroll Drums
Technical Credits
Franz Schubert Composer
Chick Corea Composer
Mac McAnally Producer
Chris Stone Engineer
Francis Scott Key Composer
Alan Schulman Engineer
Jake Shimabukuro Composer, Producer
Takaoki Saito Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Jake's best CD.

    Most of the songs on this album are pretty slow. But Gently Weeps is awesome. Not Jake's best CD.

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    Posted May 11, 2009

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