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Gently Weeps

Jake ShimabukuroAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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“Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.” – Eddie Vedder

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay ... Read more in Amazon's Jake Shimabukuro Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hitchhike Records
  • ASIN: B000HIP44M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
2. Ave Maria
3. Wish On My Star
4. Shakura
5. The Star-Spangled Banner
6. Let’s Dance
7. Misty
8. Spain
9. Heartbeat/Dragon
10. Blue Roses Falling
11. Grandma’s Groove
12. Breathe
13. Angel
14. Lazy Jane
15. Hula Girl
16. Beyond The Break
17. Wish On My Star (vocal version)

Editorial Reviews

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You'll forget all the Tiny Tim, Don Ho, and Hawaiian-music jokes about the ukulele when you hear Gently Weeps, which leaves behind the Roaring Twenties strum and plinky-dink sound of most such music. Jake Shimabukuro sets the tone with the lead-off track from which he takes the album's title, George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," unfolding the vulnerable undertow of Harrison's epic lament. A string of covers follows, as Shimabukuro touches the serene with Schubert's "Ave Maria," evokes a Japanese koto on a Zen-like version of "Sakura," and turns "The Star-Spangled Banner" into a lament. But Shimabukuro's original tunes are just as full of plucked nuance, especially "Heartbeat Dragon," where he uses a slight delay to create a quietly joyful Celtic air. However, don't think it's all wistful melancholy. Shimabukuro whips it out on original tracks like "Let's Dance," alternating hard rhythmic chops with flamenco-like strums. His take on Erroll Garner's "Misty" is a little jive, though I'm sure the hot jazz middle-section pumps the crowds up. Chick Corea's "Spain" fares much better and still scores high on the flash quotient. You just can't keep a fret-burner down, even when his fretboard is toy-sized. You can't keep the Hawaiian out either. Its gentle sway turns up on the sweetly laconic "Angel." A few bonus tracks of generic fusion at the end detract from the solo purity and intimate mood that Shimabukuro creates, but Gently Weeps is a joy until then. --John Diliberto

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Jake Shimabukuro is one of the most exciting up-and-coming musicians today. Already compares to greats like Hendrix and Clapton for his ability and innovation, word of Jake's breathtaking talent spread worldwide when a video clip of him playing George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps began circulating the internet last year. Word about the Hawaiian-born ukulele virtuoso is still spreading. Sold-out crowds and standing ovations were a nightly occurrence on his second US tour. Capturing the energy of his live show, Gently Weeps features solo performance repertoire that's causing fans from Los Angeles to New York and New Orleans to Chicago to hail Jake as the next musical legend.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ukulele Virtuoso October 12, 2006
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OK, there are 2 words I never, ever though I would use together. Virtuoso and ukulele. That is, until I heard "Gently Weeps". This disc is simply amazing. I heard Scott Simon on NPR's Weekend Edition talking to Jake, and what I heard intrigued me enough to gamble and spend the $$ for this disc. I figured, what I heard was good, and if the uke was a good enough instrument for George Harrison then it was going to be OK. Man, was I surprised at what was coming through my speakers. This man is one of the most incredible musicians I have ever heard. The songs he covers, especially his versions of "While my Guitar Gently Weeps","Misty", "Spain" and "Ave Maria" are some of the best versions anywhere anytime. Half of the disc is original compositions, which are absolutely beautiful. Of special interest are the bonus songs, here Jake plays with other musicians and is able to concentrate on creating fluid lead lines instead of creating both rhythm and lead as he does when he plays solo ukulele.

This disc is beautiful and powerful. There are traces of flamenco styling as well jazz, country, well...you name it. This disc is a wonderful surprise and I recommend it highly. "Ukulele Virtuoso" indeed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw Jake at FloydFest in July 2006 December 13, 2006
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He was one of the huge surprise performers that probably few had heard of prior to seeing him perform. Everyone was blown away. This newest CD is the best place to start. While My Guitar Gently Weeps is worth the CD alone. Anyone that has the courage to put Ave Maria and Star Spangled banner on a Ukelele CD must have the chops to back it up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew a uke could sound so great. January 18, 2007
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I heard JAKE perform live last summer and we fell in love with his "Ave Maria". This cut is gorgeous, but so is everything else on the CD. Highly recommended for anyone who loves string repertoire.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD but being Released in US in SEptember July 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to hear this new CD. It's Jake's first SOLO Album without any other musicians.

It'll be coming out in September in the US so the price should be more resonable then.

All his other CDs are great - my favorite is still Crosscurrents. And the DVD is a bargain at under $15.00 list!

This guy is a whiz! Just listen to samples!

Steve
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent young musician, great ukulele player March 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good CD. Jake is still young, and has a tendency to want to show off his wonderful technique a bit much, but he is already a fine musician and he does know how to choose his music well. Once he matures a bit, and gets over his "king of the speedway" approach to playing, he will be one of the great jazz/rock ukulele players, right up there with Lyle Ritz and Ohta-San. He certainly has the talent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really unique, talented musician January 20, 2007
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Jake plays a mean ukulele, and his rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps is phenominal. I bought this CD just for that song and really like it. The other songs on the album are also great.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Royal Highness October 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
One word: wow.

Jake amazes me everytime I listen. And every time, I seem to find something new about his playing or whatever musical approach he is doing. He is a real musician: he's got the legitimacy of a classical/jazz musician. He's capable of showing the hard work and effort he puts into his playing to the listeners of today. He can really put shame into a lot of rock artists, who's 'goal' is to write a music for the listeners and entertain and not crafting their skills on their instruments.

I really like his interpretations of the classics. I love his interpretations of Spain and Misty. And it's hard to imagine he's getting so much of tone through the four stringed 'toy' instrument.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jake on solo ukulele rocks January 9, 2007
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I like this collection of ukulele solos a lot more than I like Jake's previous work, playing with a group of backup musicians. He makes an ukulele sing like a string quartet. I could do without the "bonus tracks," in which he plays accompanied by drums, bass, slide guitar ... but I suppose the producers wanted to show off Jake's group instrumental compositions.

Jake's covers of other people's compositions are creative, interesting, entertaining, and fun to listen to; his own compositions for ukulele have great musical inventiveness, energy, and sensitivity. Jake does things with his ukulele that I did not imagine were possible on a single instrument, much less one with just four strings. But I don't listen to it for the amazement value -- it's just great music, played with spirit and finesse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Gently Weeps" is so beautiful and moving.
The majority of the music on this CD is his own work. He makes such beautiful evocative music. You will never think of the ukelele the same way again.
Published 18 days ago by Susan P. Havens
5.0 out of 5 stars Jake is amazing!
I love this CD! It was a real thrill to see/hear Jake perform in my city. He is a one-of-a-kind and such a talent. Thanks for offering his CD on Amazon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michaela Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!
Who knew a ukelele could sound like this! Jake Shimabukuro is a master. From Hawaiian classics to Hendrix, he plays the socks off all of it!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Tinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This guy is a genius on ukelele. Have heard "slack" ukelele played in a contest, but this really blows the mind, and shows what a beautiful instrument with a fine tone this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Definetly if you want to get to know that uke music can be anything...
Jake is up there with IZ and any & all non Hawaiian musicians.

So glad I've heard about him in my life time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tess
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
I Love Jake Shimabukuro. He's brilliant on the ukelele. this is a terrific recording. Some songs have a great beat and are terrific for getting me moving in the kitchen! Read more
Published 3 months ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Anything Jake S. does seems to be first-rate. I'd love to hear him in person sometime. This CD is wonderful for dinner music or in the car. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jon W. Florey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with the service received and the CD
The CD arrived in a timely matter. The quality was good. The CD by Jake is amazing. It was a gift for my son and he was thrilled.
Published 6 months ago by Vsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD!
If you haven't yet discovered Jake Shimabukuro, simply do a search for his performance in Central Park playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Molly Bolt
5.0 out of 5 stars Jake
Great music, I can listen over and over. Also enjoyed all his other music. would love to see in concert
Published 7 months ago by Tom
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