Peace, Love, Ukulele

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2011
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • UPC: 698268111202
  • Catalog Number: 1112
  • Sales rank: 8,582

Album Credits

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
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
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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