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Anyone who doubts the melodic and rhythmic potential of the humble ukulele will be blown away by uke virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. On Peace Love Ukulele he not only transcends the physical limitations of its four strings and two octaves, but also reveals its worth as a compositional and solo instrument. Shimabukuro further shows that his technical and creative chops are not confined to a single style. He’s joined by a string quartet on the dazzling “143 (Kelly’s Song),” “Bring Your Adz” rides a jam-band groove with bass and drums, “Pianoforte” is an ornate solo lullaby, and there’s a rollicking ukulele duet, plus rhythm section, with his brother, Bruce, on “Ukulele Bros.” Along with the nine original compositions he also covers Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and does an inspired solo version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in which he nails each separate movement of the dynamic rock song. Here, as on his half dozen prior releases, Shimabukuro continues to raise the ukulele to new levels of proficiency and prominence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone who doubts the melodic and rhythmic potential of the humble ukulele will be blown away by uke virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. On Peace Love Ukulele he not only transcends the physical limitations of its four strings and two octaves, but also reveals its worth as a compositional and solo instrument. Shimabukuro further shows that his technical and creative chops are not confined to a single style. He’s joined by a string quartet on the dazzling “143 (Kelly’s Song),” “Bring Your Adz” rides a jam-band groove with bass and drums, “Pianoforte” is an ornate solo lullaby, and there’s a rollicking ukulele duet, plus rhythm section, with his brother, Bruce, on “Ukulele Bros.” Along with the nine original compositions he also covers Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and does an inspired solo version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in which he nails each separate movement of the dynamic rock song. Here, as on his half dozen prior releases, Shimabukuro continues to raise the ukulele to new levels of proficiency and prominence.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

82 Ratings

be mov

danny tanaka,

listen and u'll see something that music is suppos'd to capture....imagination....all his work is pure translation and u dont need lyrics to enjoy it... keep it up jake and kno that its still inspiring and energetic.....ps. add some videos...always in awe by how fast u play.....on a side note: how do i change my account info so my actual name doesnt show on every post i submit...2 late now but nxt time...

Peace Love Ukulele

NPR'R,

I love this album! I heard about it on NPR, and it is great. Now to go out and buy a uke myself.

About Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has taken the four-string, two-octave instrument to places no one could have imagined back in the golden years of Don Ho, ranging freely across the music spectrum from jazz, blues, and funk to bluegrass, classical, and folk with the ease of a musician fully in command of the possibilities of his chosen instrument.

Born November 3, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro was given his first ukulele lesson by his mother when he was only four years old. Fascinated by the uke, he eventually began playing regularly at a local Honolulu café. He was a founding member of Pure Heart, and played on the trio's first two albums before leaving to form Colon. In 2001 Shimabukuro began his solo career, releasing Elaine Maru (In Memory Of) on Surfside Records that same year. He signed with Epic in 2002 and released Sunday Morning on the label a year later, following it with Skyline in 2003. In 2005 he found an international distributor for his own label, Hitchhike Records, and began issuing his own music, including Crosscurrent, Dragon, My Life, and the much lauded Gently Weeps, which included a haunting version of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

By that time, Shimabukuro had completely rewritten the book on the possibilities of the ukulele, and his skill on the instrument attracted the ear and attention of Béla Fleck, who has used Shimabukuro as both an opening act and as a sit-in guest with the Flecktones. Shimabukuro's 2011 release, Peace, Love, Ukulele, topped Billboard's World Albums chart, and he followed it with Grand Ukulele, produced by Alan Parsons with orchestrations by Kip Winger (and recorded live with no overdubs), in the fall of 2012. Three years later in October 2015, Shimabukuro returned with Travels, a collection less ambitious in scope than its predecessor but still quite varied. His next project, 2016's Nashville Sessions, was the product of only six days' worth of recordings, reflecting original compositions written on the spot and played with a new trio Shimabukuro assembled for the set. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Honolulu, HI
  • GENRE
    World
  • BORN
    Nov 3, 1976

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