When your claim to fame is being a ukulele virtuoso, your obvious move is going to be the show-offy novelty piece: an unamplified version of "Eruption," say, or a heavy metal arrangement of "Flight of the Bumblebee." It's very much to Jake Shimabukuro's credit that he doesn't go anywhere near that kind of obvious pandering on this brief but completely charming EP. Instead, he takes six songs by a wide variety of artists (Judy Garland, Cyndi Lauper, two by the Beatles, Sarah McLachlan, even Led Zeppelin) and gives them quiet, tasteful arrangements that draw much more attention to his musicianship and to the songs themselves than they do to the fact that he's playing a ukulele. His setting of "Time After Time" is both the most fully arranged and the least interesting of the six tracks; his solo performances of Led Zeppelin's "Going to California" is quietly brilliant, as is his similar take on the Beatles' "Here, There, and Everywhere" and McLachlan's "Ice Cream." On the title track, another famous Beatles song, he's accompanied by electric bass and the effect is perfect. Very highly recommended.
History in the Making - this guy is spellbinding!
This young man is changing the way you will think of the ukelele - the music he creates, whether it be his own creation or a cover, is just superb. He is so talented and yet so down to earth. Hearing him live is a must do if you can, but in the meantime, purchase his music and be prepared to be blown away into a magical world! If you play this to someone who is unaware, they wouldn't even dream of saying he was playing a ukelele!
Born: 03 November 1976 in Honolulu, HI
Years Active: '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Jake Shimabukuro
||While My Guitar Gently Weeps -Solo-||Gently Weeps||4:06||$2.19||View In iTunes|
||Fragile||Crosscurrent||3:18||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||Hallelujah||Peace Love Ukulele||4:24||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||Over the Rainbow||Gently Weeps||4:13||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||The Beatles Medley||Peace, Love & Ukulele - EP||5:27||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||Bohemian Rhapsody||Peace Love Ukulele||5:54||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||In My Life||My Life||3:30||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||Ave Maria||Peace, Love & Ukulele - EP||3:11||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||Time After Time||My Life||3:06||$1.69||View In iTunes|
||Let's Dance -Solo-||Gently Weeps||2:45||$1.69||View In iTunes|