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Album Review

Shimabukuro is the undisputed master of the new school of ukulele playing today, one of the few people capable of pleasing both the traditionalists and the avant-garde within his genre. Thanks to this, and his stunning virtuosity on the instrument, there's been a fair amount of press about his versatility and abilities in general. This album, by itself, shows what the press is about. Despite the sonic limitations of the ukulele's small body and string count, he casually starts out with smooth jazz and some Paganini (one of his specialties), most of which is done with minimal accompaniment. After making Celine Dion's piece de resistance enjoyable for people outside the adult contemporary crowd, he quickly turns his attention to fitting the ukulele into a hard rock piece — surprisingly well. The requisite surf song is thrown in, followed by danceable Latin jazz and some Bacharach, ending on a show of force from a live show. The range of techniques, the range of genres, the range of sonic possibilities for his tiny instrument with its broken limits are all stunning. This album is a must.

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Overlooked Gem

There is a resurgence of the ukulele and no wonder when you hear Jake Shimabukuro's music. There is also the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain who sold out to 6000+ in 2009. When I heard these musicians, I promptly dusted off my own ukulele and well realized just how talented Jake is. They are bringing an old instrument into the modern era. This album plus many more of Shimabukero's others should be main stream listening on any smooth jazz station plus some of the other instrumental satelite stations. It's a shame that someone so talented is buried in the library and rap clones are everywhere.


This is the first ukelele artist I've ever really liked. I mean, I like the dude that did Over the Rainbow - but this stuff is just amazing. If you like guitarists like Brian Hughes, Earl Klugh or George Benson then you'll like this. Just think of it this way - Minus the jazz or classical guitars and put a ukelele in its place. That's exactly what this sounds like!


absolutely amazing, i listen to "close to you" every morning after getting out of the shower, theres something about it that makes me have a better day, some of the most amazing songs redone by a ukulele master...


Born: November 3, 1976 in Honolulu, HI

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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