Hula Girls

Hula Girls

by Jake Shimabukuro


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Hula Girls

The soundtrack to the Japanese indie film Hula Girls is perhaps not Jake Shimabukuro's most outstanding work, confining him more to mood music than his usual showcases of virtuosity for much of the album. In truth, it's not so much Shimabukuro's playing that takes a tamer turn, but the inclusion of other artists on the soundtrack. While the album opens with something from his usual style -- complex, multi-faceted contemporary ukulele music, it's soon followed by the extra-soft pop vocal title track that seems to have come directly from the early-'90s archives and Vanessa Williams' songwriting staff. While Shimabukuro can pump out some high speed classic ukulele vaguely in the vein of a Bill Tapia, he's soon followed by the strictly adult contemporary-Hawaiian sounds of Na Leo. The ukulele music itself is quite good here, somewhat subdued compared to a lot of Shimabukuro's previous work, but with hints of his abilities and a few tracks from previous successful albums. As instrumental scores go, it's quite good, but for fans of the high-flying ukulele that's been the trademark of Shimabukuro's rise to stardom the album and its give-and-take between energy and lethargy may not prove the best choice.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
Label: Hitchhike Records
UPC: 0689076763479
catalogNumber: 767634
Rank: 135752

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jake Shimabukuro   Primary Artist,Ukulele
Randy Aloya   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Kiyotsugu Amano   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Grande   Piano,Keyboards
Akira Okazawa   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jeff Peterson   Acoustic Guitar
Dean Taba   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Tomio Inoue   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Hiroyuki Noritake   Drums
Hitoshi Watanabe   Acoustic Bass
Anna Womack   String Quartet
Noel Okimoto   Drums
Karen Bechtel   String Quartet
Hung Wu   String Quartet
Garin Poliahu   Drums
Bryan Kessler   Acoustic Guitar
Claire Hazzard   String Quartet
Takashi Nishiumi   Acoustic Guitar
Takashi Furuta   Drums
Yasuharu Nakanishi   Piano
Steve Jones   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jeff K.   Acoustic Guitar
Miho Teruya   Vocals
Jennifer Perri   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Grande   Engineer
Na Leo Pilimehana   Audio Production
Gaylord Holomalia   Engineer
Kenneth Makuakane   Producer,Audio Production
Nalani Choy   Composer
Jake Shimabukuro   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Preston Terada   Graphic Design
Takaoki Saito   Engineer
Kazuhisa Saito   Producer
Jon Osorio   Composer
Trey   Audio Production

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