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UkeKiddinMe
05-16-2013, 04:11 PM
I have to do lots of driving this weekend, so I loaded the MP3 player with two new albums.

From Amazon MP3, I bought:
- Jake - Peace Love Ukulele
- Brittni - Tell U What

Whatdya think?

What are You listening to?

Jim Hanks
05-16-2013, 04:37 PM
I have an rdio.com subscription and I've been listening to a lot of Brittni, Lyle Ritz, and Jake's live album. There's also a couple of "different" uke albums on bandcamp:
http://goulasharchipelago.bandcamp.com/album/the-music-of-ukestan
http://thek.bandcamp.com/album/simple-as-that

blender
05-16-2013, 04:40 PM
What are You listening to?

Just received my copy of the North Eugene Ukulele Orchestra CD. I plan on queueing it up next.

BIGDB
05-16-2013, 04:40 PM
I want to start listening to brittni everything I've heard of hers I like but I haven't gotten one of her albums. I've mostly been listening to James Jill and a little jake shimabukuro and kalei gamiao

Hippie Dribble
05-16-2013, 04:57 PM
Dr Bekken - JazzBluesRagtimeVaudeville
Lil Rev - Fountain of Uke vols 1 & 2
Lyle Ritz - How About Uke?
Ukulele Club de Paris - Manuia!
The Old Spice Boys - Alibi of Birdland
Will Grove White & The Others
John King - Royal Hawaiian Music
Cliff Edwards - Singing In The Rain
The Quiet American - vol 2

Have a safe trip mate and don't do what I do and play the uke while you're driving :o

sukie
05-16-2013, 05:24 PM
Ka'au Crater boys. And some plain Troy Fernandez. Wow! Can he play.

Freeda
05-16-2013, 06:17 PM
Gerald Ross
Uncle Elvis
James Hill
Lil Rev

Tootler
05-16-2013, 10:11 PM
Seasons of the Ukulele. Great variety of styles and performers all by members of UU

Check them out here: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?47-Seasons-of-the-Ukulele

You too can participate. No fancy gear needed. Just you, your ukulele and some means of creating a video: phone, webcam etc are OK.

Although it's a sub forum of the contests forum, it's more like an on line open mike in a very supportive environment.

SonSprinter
05-16-2013, 11:52 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdrgHW_QwP4&feature=youtube_gdata_player
These guys are awesome. Herb Ohta, Jr is awesome; and I think those two other guys are his students.

Note you will also find jake shimabukuro's former Pure Heart band member, Jon Yamasato, singing at this venue.

UkeKiddinMe
05-17-2013, 12:00 AM
The first uke album I bought, which I highly recommend, if you like jazz, is:

A Night of Ukulele Jazz/Live At McCabe's - Lyle Ritz & Herb Ohta.

SonSprinter
05-17-2013, 12:44 AM
Ka'au Crater boys. And some plain Troy Fernandez. Wow! Can he play.i looked up troy fernandez on youtube, and oh, wow, that dude playing ukulele on the sidewalks of Waikiki is from the Kaau Crater boys. I walked by one evening and thought, "wow, this dude is really good." Now that I know who he is, I wonder why he isn't playing in any one of the dozens of nice hotels that would hire him.

coolkayaker1
05-17-2013, 01:38 AM
Brittni's CD is good, but a tad much on the backing band in my mind. Brit's great, though, just drowned out by the awesome backing band.

Taimane Gardner's 2012 CD is smoky amazing stuff. It's fast and slow and so well produced....uke is front and center, and she's such a dynamic player. Amazing stuff.

Doc_J
05-17-2013, 02:47 AM
Flea Bitten Dawgs
Vedder
Jake
Aaron Keim
Craig Brandau
Kohala
Uncle Leroy
Dr. Bekken

sukie
05-17-2013, 05:21 AM
i looked up troy fernandez on youtube, and oh, wow, that dude playing ukulele on the sidewalks of Waikiki is from the Kaau Crater boys. I walked by one evening and thought, "wow, this dude is really good." Now that I know who he is, I wonder why he isn't playing in any one of the dozens of nice hotels that would hire him.
My understanding is he likes to have control of his stuff. ( paraphrasing). Alas, he isn't there anymore. He moved to the mainland because of his daughter getting a recording contract.

There are so many wonderful ukulele players. I seem to go in spurts when I listen. I was on a Herb Ohta, Jr. binge for a while. Especially you tube videos of him playing with Jon Yamasato.

A.H.
05-17-2013, 05:26 AM
Ka'au Crater boys. And some plain Troy Fernandez. Wow! Can he play.

Same here. Also, Three Plus, not an exclusive uke band, more Jawaiian, but they've got some pretty uke lines and solos worked into their music.

guitarsnrotts
05-18-2013, 03:32 AM
The first uke album I bought, which I highly recommend, if you like jazz, is:

A Night of Ukulele Jazz/Live At McCabe's - Lyle Ritz & Herb Ohta.

No matter how much I try to diversify, I keep going back to this and other Lyle Ritz releases.

UkeKiddinMe
05-18-2013, 11:44 AM
Brittni's CD is good, but a tad much on the backing band in my mind. Brit's great, though, just drowned out by the awesome backing band.

Taimane Gardner's 2012 CD is smoky amazing stuff. It's fast and slow and so well produced....uke is front and center, and she's such a dynamic player. Amazing stuff.

I actually had the same thought. Very good stuff, but produced in a way that buries some of the art and heart she puts into her playing.
Some of her YouTube videos capture her better than the production on that CD.

Listen to that CD. Then listen to the recent videos she posted of Lights and Europa. The people who produced those two videos should produce her next album. Those two tracks are off the charts beautiful.

Wicked
05-18-2013, 12:12 PM
Truth be told, I rarely listen to ukulele music. Heresy, I know. I may have a handful of tunes in my phone, and I hear them only when they percolate up to the top of the random queue.


Brittni's CD is good, but a tad much on the backing band in my mind. Brit's great, though, just drowned out by the awesome backing band.

Taimane Gardner's 2012 CD is smoky amazing stuff. It's fast and slow and so well produced....uke is front and center, and she's such a dynamic player. Amazing stuff.

I believe that a number of ukulele recording artists are ill-served by their production staff. The most common thing that drives me to distraction is the sole reliance on undersaddle piezo pickups on many recordings. (Both Brittni and Taimane are unfortunate victims of this.) I simply cannot stand the sound of a piezo by itself. It’s just one of my “things.”

I can understand the difficulties during a live performance – but if you are in a studio, then please mic that thing and blend the signals in post-production. Actually, take the raw output from the pickup, mic the instrument AND mic the amplifier. If you can’t combine those for a better, more natural sound, then I don’t know what to tell you.

Hochapeafarm
05-20-2013, 07:33 PM
I am listening to Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Sarah Maisel, Jan Laurenz, Eugene Ukulele, Seasonista's here on UU, Sophie Madeleine, Taimane Gardner, and various UU artists on the UU album Song Still Remains.

janeray1940
05-20-2013, 08:15 PM
Truth be told, I rarely listen to ukulele music. Heresy, I know.

That actually makes two of us! I just listen to music, period. Sometimes there might be a ukulele, more often there is not.

But when there is a ukulele, it's usually Ohta-san, John King, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, or the Sweet Hollywaiians.