11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A 21st-century ukulele prodigy whose fretwork blows past the instrument’s renown as a low-key Hawaiian music staple, Jake Shimabukuro has taken the sound into rock and jazz with panache. Nashville Sessions sees Shimabukuro’s band pushing themselves to the outer limits of improv on furious and free-flowing cuts like “6/8” before just as easily pulling off contemplative instrumentals like “Blue Haiku.” Between these 11 explosive tracks, Shimabukuro seems to suggest that the ukulele is just as capable of melting faces as the guitar.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A 21st-century ukulele prodigy whose fretwork blows past the instrument’s renown as a low-key Hawaiian music staple, Jake Shimabukuro has taken the sound into rock and jazz with panache. Nashville Sessions sees Shimabukuro’s band pushing themselves to the outer limits of improv on furious and free-flowing cuts like “6/8” before just as easily pulling off contemplative instrumentals like “Blue Haiku.” Between these 11 explosive tracks, Shimabukuro seems to suggest that the ukulele is just as capable of melting faces as the guitar.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Sheri w-j ,

Just lovely!!

I am a devoted Shimabukuro fan, but let me just again by saying that Nolan Verner's playing here is magically delicious! He does that beautiful bassist thing of weaving himself expertly into and through the mix and making the other musicians sound even more incredible than they are. I so enjoyed live concerts with Mr. Shimabukuro and Mr. Nolan, and I was afraid this album would lose that purity and that it would sound produced by comparison, ... but it's lovely! My favorite piece is "Celtic tune", but they're all splendid. As a ukulelist, I'm always trying to figure out what Mr. Shimabukuro is doing exactly, and I have to say it's harder to do this with the overdubs on Nashville Sessions, but complaining about that would be picking a very, very small nit indeed. Purchase, put on your headphones, and enjoy.

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