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Peace, Love, Ukulele
     

Peace, Love, Ukulele

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by Jake Shimabukuro
 
The popularity and respect accorded to different musical instruments changes over time with, for example, the saxophone having been considered a novelty until jazz musicians discovered it and began finding ways to express themselves with it. The ukulele has also been considered a novelty for a long time, having only four strings and a range of only two octaves, such

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The popularity and respect accorded to different musical instruments changes over time with, for example, the saxophone having been considered a novelty until jazz musicians discovered it and began finding ways to express themselves with it. The ukulele has also been considered a novelty for a long time, having only four strings and a range of only two octaves, such that it has mostly been played by children. Hawaii native Jake Shimabukuro was four years old when he started playing one, and he has continued to ever since, apparently taking its limitations as a challenge. Shimabukuro gained recognition when his version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" went viral on Youtube (an appropriate choice, since songwriter George Harrison was a big ukulele fan), but as he shows on much of Peace, Love, Ukulele (released by Hitchhike Records with distribution by Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records), he is more interested in his own original compositions. The ear-catching cover here is Shimabukuro's nearly unaccompanied version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (there's also a take of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"), which is a cute idea, since it seems like such an ambitious piece even if it does break down into a few sections, each with its own tune. But actually more ambitious are Shimabukuro's own numbers, starting with "143 (Kelly's Song) 2011," on which he is accompanied by a string quartet. He shows off just how fast his fingering can be on "Bring Your Adz," but turns slow and mournful on "Go for Broke," featuring Noel Okimoto's martial drums. "Trapped 2010" is a duet with Iggy Jang's violin, a tune "inspired by Ralph MacDonald." It's hard to say how much improvisation is involved in this playing (it sounds composed most of the time), but the musical style for the most part probably should be deemed "contemporary jazz," if only for lack of a better description. Actually, the music also has pop
ock aspects, especially in "Ukulele Bros.," written by Bruce Shimabukuro, who pairs with his brother on a sort of dueling ukulele tour de force. Whatever the style is, Jake Shimabukuro bids to make the ukulele a respectable instrument on this album, as he has on its predecessors.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2011
Label:
Mailboat Records
UPC:
0698268111202
catalogNumber:
1112

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Performance Credits

Jake Shimabukuro   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Gong,Triangle,Ukulele,Wind Chimes
Jeff Richman   Electric Guitar
Michael Grande   Organ,fender rhodes
Dean Taba   Bass
Noel Okimoto   Drums
Bruce Shimabukuro   Ukulele
Masutami Endo   Cello
Yu Manabe   Violin
Naomi Urushibara   Violin
Mitch Berry   Gong
Masashi Kimura   Contrabass (Vocal)
Masaki Shono   Viola
Iggy Jang   Violin

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Inspiration
Milan Bertosa   Engineer
Dean Taba   Music Direction
Jake Shimabukuro   Composer,Producer
Bruce Shimabukuro   Composer
Hitoshi Kojima   Engineer
Yukari Takai   Management
Tomohiro Ohya   String Coordinator
Robert Yamasato   String Arrangements
Mitsue Varley   Contributor
Mitch Berry   Management
Kazusa Flanagan   Executive Producer
Iggy Jang   String Arrangements

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