Jake Shimabukuro: Grand Ukulele

Guest Post By: Brendan

I think it’s safe to say that Jake Shimabukuro is the king of living ukulele players. His version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is justifiably legendary – you can hear it as part of this Coverville podcast. Jake’s most recent album is Grand Ukulele, an Alan Parsons project. The string arrangements work better on some songs than others, my favorite here being “Over The Rainbow.” I also loved his version of “Rolling in the Deep,” which you can stream below. My favorite original track on the album is “Missing Three,” written when Shimabukuro’s ukulele was missing its third string. The track was recorded with said three-string ukulele and backed by a twenty-nine piece orchestra.

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Guest Post by: Brendan

Muruch Editor Vic may not have been fond of Amanda Palmer’s ukulele era, but I’ve been enjoying her performance of popular Radiohead hits on her Magical Ukulele:

Even more awesome is the fact that she brought her ukulele to C-Span.

Amanda’s Ukulele anthem is among the free downloads available from her Soundcloud page.

“The Guacamole Ukulele Song” by Lauren Fairweather and Lena Gabrielle will worm its way into your head and stay there forever. You have been warned:

Guacamole Ukulele by Lauren Fairweather

Here’s Jake Shimabukuro covering Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”:

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Over The Rainbow” is perhaps the most heard Ukulele cover. He was profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Finally, I dare you to sit still during this NPR Tiny Desk Concert from Tune-Yards (mp3).