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Jake Shimabukuro: Travels [Digipak]

Track List

>Departure Suite, Pt. 1
>Train Ride
>Low Rider
>Interlude 1
>Everything Is Better with You
>Departure Suite, Pts. 2-3
>I'll Be There
>Haven't We Been Here Before?
>Interlude 2
>Ichigo Ichie
>Dinner & a Movie

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Milan Bersota.

Recording information: Island Sound Studios; Studio 143.

Photographer: Carl Dunn.

Globetrotting ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro continues to display his mastery of the instrument with Travels, his first studio LP since 2012's unlikely Alan Parsons/Kip Winger collaboration, Grand Ukulele. Where that album rolled and swelled with lush orchestrations, Travels offers a wider variety of Shimabukuro's different musical styles. A mix of thoughtful, classically minded original pieces, warm-hearted island tunes from his native Hawaii, and the oddball pop covers that initially launched him into the YouTube-assisted international spotlight, Travels eschews dramatic orchestrations in favor of a tight rhythm section on many of its tracks. As entertaining as it is to hear him pick his way through War's funky "Low Rider" (complete with vocals) or the Jackson 5 ballad "I'll Be There," Shimabukuro is still at his best nimbly working his way through more subtle fare like the gentle island favorite "Hi'ilawe," the three-part "Departure Suite," and the two dreamy "Interlude" numbers. ~ Timothy Monger


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