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A Flying Leap

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With the release of his third solo album, "A Flying Leap", James continues to tear up the uke (AcousticGuitar.net). Seven of the album s ten tracks are genre-bending originals ranging in style from the bluegrass-tinged 'Song for Cheri' to the jazzy 'Fleas My Dog Has' to the remarkable 'One Small Suite for `Ukulele,' an ambitious work in three movements written for `ukulele and string quartet. Also featured is a gorgeous two-uke arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing' alongside a swinging take on Chalmers Doane's 'Uke Talk'.

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"...the Wayne Gretzky of the `ukulele." -- –Stuart McLean, The Vinyl Café, CBC Radio

"His compositions are wonderful… His technique is pristine and flawless… his rhythm and groove is deep… He’s got it all! -- –Daniel Ho, Hawaiian Na Hoku Hano Hano Award-winning recording artist

"Jimi Hendrix…did things with an electric guitar that I hadn’t thought possible. James Hill does that with the ukulele." -- –David Kidney The Green Man Review

1. Uke Talk
2. Song for Cheri
3. Down Rideau Canal
4. Little Wing
5. Allegro con brio
6. Largo cantabile
7. Vivace giocoso
8. Fleas My Dog Has
9. Skipping Stone
10. Never on Sunday

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Borealis Recording
  • ASIN: B000E6TZLU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E. Gregory on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD ranks among the top 'ukulele cds in the world. His playing is fluid, graceful, delicate and aggressive, capturing the intricacies of the instrument. Hill expresses the traditional "feel" of the 'ukulele, taking it back to it's origins in the Pacific, while at the same time forcing a modernizing of the thoughts of what the instrument can do. The second I heard "Little Wing" I was blown away. Hill has taken a traditional and relaxed medium and shown that it can be a contende with the guitars and horns of the world. This cd is among my top 5 acoustical cd's in my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MLS on October 19, 2011
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I heard James Hill on a Television show about the history and current popularity of ukelele music. His playing takes the genre to unimagined heights. His isn't your grandma's flapper jazz or an island riff redolent of swaying hips. Unlike some other ukelele players he finds new sounds and rhythms while retaining the essential character of the instrument. Listen to One Small Suite for Ukelele and you'll be hooked!
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By Allan on March 29, 2007
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This CD is the product of the writing and playing efforts of a very talented young man. The bottom line is that it is a wonderful collection of happy music. It would be difficult not to smile as one listens to this CD which is a great introduction to Mr. Hill, and what he can do with a ukulele. If you want music to reflect a happy mood, or need music which will bring you such a mood, this CD is for you.
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