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Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro

It's rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It's even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row) has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music. As the San Francisco Gaterecently posited about the Hawaiian musician: “The sounds the boyish 33-year old wrings from his ukulele…are unlike anything else in the history of the instrument.”

About the album:As his stature grows in the music world, Shimabukuro continues to impress and stretch boundaries with each new release. While all the tracks on ‘Peace Love Ukulele’ were arranged as solo uke pieces, he utilizes a band for the majority of the songs, adding some orchestral touches on songs like “Five Dollars Unleaded” and marching drums on “Go for Broke,” a stirring tribute to Japanese American soldiers in World War II. “So many of those soldiers were based in Hawaii,” he says. “I wanted to show my appreciation for what they did – as a Japanese American, I have a better life today because of the sacrifices they made. ‘Go for broke’ was their motto, which means to risk everything on one great effort to win big.”

It also showcases Jake’s lightning-fast skills and dexterity with the ukulele (“Bring Your Adz”), some humor (“143 (Kelly’s Song),” a title based around a pager code for “I love you”) and a couple of choice covers, including Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the only solo ukulele performance on the album.

“Covers on the ukulele are hard!” Jake says. “You can simplify any song, but to actually come up with an arrangement that's respectful to the composer is quite a challenge. With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ I tried to differentiate the vocal line from the piano line and guitar…It was tough, but really paid off. When I play it live, people usually just shake their head and laugh."

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  1. Jake Shimabukuro Peace Love Ukulele
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    As his stature grows in the music world, Shimabukuro continues to impress and stretch boundaries with each new release. While all the tracks on "Peace Love Ukulele" were arranged as solo uke pieces, he utilizes a band for the majority of the songs, adding some orchestral touches on songs like "Five Dollars Unleaded" and marching drums on "Go for Broke," a stirring tribute to Japanese American soldiers in World War II. "So many of those soldiers were based in Hawaii," he says. "I wanted to show my appreciation for what they did as a Japanese American, I have a better life today because of the sacrifices they made. "Go for broke" was their motto, which means to risk everything on one great effort to win big."

    It also showcases Jake's lightning-fast skills and dexterity with the ukulele ("Bring Your Adz"), some humor ("143 (Kelly's Song)," a title based around a pager code for "I love you") and a couple of choice covers, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," the only solo ukulele performance on the album.

    "Covers on the ukulele are hard!" Jake says. "You can simplify any song, but to actually come up with an arrangement that's respectful to the composer is quite a challenge. With "Bohemian Rhapsody," I tried to differentiate the vocal line from the piano line and guitar. It was tough, but really paid off. When I play it live, people usually just shake their head and laugh."

    Track Listing

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    1. 143 (Kelly's Song) 2011
    2. Bohemian Rhapsody
    3. Bring Your Adz
    4. Boy Meets Girl
    5. Go For Broke
    6. Trapped 2010
    7. Variation On A Dance 2010
    8. Pianoforte 2010
    9. Five Dollars Unleaded 2010
    10. Ukelele Bros.
    11. Hallelujah
    12. Bohemian Rhapsody - Live Version
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  2. The Best Day
    $10.99

    Track Listing:

    1. Time of the Season  3:40
      Writer - 1968 (Rod Argent) Marquis Songs USA (BMI)

    2. The Greatest Day  3:43
      Writer - 2017 (Jake Shimabukuro)Uke Ox Publishing (BMI)

    3. Eleanor Rigby  4:08
      Writers - 1966 (Lennon/McCartney) Sony ATV Tunes/Northern Songs (PRS)

    4. Pangram  3:15
      Writers - 2017 (Jake Shimabukuro/Nolan Verner) Uke Ox Publishing (BMI)

    5. Bizarre Love Triangle  4:19
      Writers - 1986 (Gilbert/Hook/Morris/Sumner) Universal-Polygram/Vitalturn Co. Ltd. (PRS)

    6. Straight A’s  4:05
      Writers - 2017 (Jake Shimabukuro, Nolan Verner) Uke Ox Publishing (BMI)

    7. If 6 Was 9  7:13
      Writer - 1968 (Jimi Hendrix) Experience Hendrix LLC (BMI) 

    8. Shape of You  3:09
      Writers: 2017 (Sheeran/Mac/Burruss/Cottle/McDaid/Briggs) Universal Polygram/Rokstone Music Ltd/Sony ATV Songs/Samp-UK Ltd. (PRS)/EMI April Music/Kandacy Music/Tiny Tam Music/Air Control Music (ASCAP)/Songs of Windswept Pacific/Hitco Music/Shak’em Down Music Inc/WB Music Corp/Tony Mercedes Music (BMI)/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing/Pepper Drive Music (ASCAP)/Spirit B-Unique Polar Patrol Songs (BMI)

    9. Go for Broke  4:24
      Writer - 2017 (Jake Shimabukuro) Uke Ox Publishing (BMI)

    10. Little Echoes  2:27
      Writer - 2017 (Jake Shimabukuro) Uke Ox Publishing (BMI)

    11. Mahalo John Wayne  4:17
      Writer - 2017 (Jake Shimabukuro/Brian Shepard) Uke Ox Publishing (BMI) 

    12. Hallelujah  4:10
      Writer -1967 (Leonard Cohen) Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)

    CD BONUS TRACKS:

    1. Use Me (feat. Dave Preston) (’18 Live)  8:11
      Writer - 1972 (Bill Withers) Songs Of Universal/Interior Music Corp. (ASCAP)

    2. Dragon (‘18 Live)  6:06
      Writer - 2018 (Jake Shimabukuro) Uke Ox Publishing (BMI)

    3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (’18 Live)   12:25
      Writer - 1968 (George Harrison) Harrisongs Ltd/Penny Farthing Music

    LABEL: JS Records, Manufactured and Distributed by Mailboat Records

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