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Icelander53
02-23-2014, 10:23 AM
I'm a music collector and have literally thousands of cds on all kind of music. I just started with the uke and so now just got my first Uke based CD by James Hill. I was blown away by how good it is and I just ordered another.

Who else is out there that's done some recording? I want some more if it's as good as James. I just need some leads.

Kyle23
02-23-2014, 10:44 AM
Kris Fuchigami is my favorite. His version of Can't Take My Eyes Off You is just amazing.

Hippie Dribble
02-23-2014, 11:16 AM
here's some of my faves in no particular order:

The Old Spice Boys featuring Azo Bell; Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards; Roy Smeck; John King; Lyle Ritz; Aldrine Guerero; Lil' Rev; Aaron Keim (The Quiet American); Ian Whitcomb; Corey Fujimoto; Uni and her Ukulele; Dr Bekken; John Bianchi; Ken Middleton; Bob Brozman; seeso; Dominator; Matt Dahlberg; Rose Turtle Ertler; Bosko & Honey; Uncle Elvis; The Flea Bitten Dawgs; Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; Janet Klein.

sukie
02-23-2014, 11:23 AM
Jake, Ka'au Crater Boys, Troy Fernandez, Herb Ohta, Jr (and Sr.), Pure Heart -- not really ukulele, but still....they' re great.

Icelander53
02-23-2014, 11:42 AM
Great leads, thanks.

NewKid
02-23-2014, 11:43 AM
Sarah Maisel, Ingrid Michaelson, Char Mayer (of Mya-Moe), Jake, Aldrine, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Iz.

slackkey007
02-23-2014, 12:06 PM
Kalei Gamiao, Ledward Kaapana, Kimo Hussey, Abe Lagrimas Jr., Brittni Paiva, Taimane Gardner, Daniel Ho, Sungha Jung ... to name a few that haven't been mentioned already.

stringy
02-23-2014, 01:06 PM
Herb Ohta (Jr. & Sr.), Brittni Paiva, Led Kaapana,

UkerDanno
02-23-2014, 01:17 PM
you mean beside myself? Iz...James Hill is pretty good too anf for intrumentals, Jake of course!

Gillian
02-23-2014, 01:32 PM
James Hill, Troy Fernandez, Sarah Maisel and Brittni Paiva top my list. There are many other very excellent players, but those are the four (that are living) I admire the most.

Icelander53
02-23-2014, 01:45 PM
you might want to do a review of some of Sarah Maisel's CDs on Amazon. She doesn't even have one review. :(

I liked some of Brittni Paiva.

brimmer
02-23-2014, 02:01 PM
Benny Chong, Byron Yasui, John Kameaaloha Almeida (one album where he plays uke, called Strum Your Ukulele), Gordon Mark, Ohta-San, Lyle Ritz, Roy Smeck, ukulelezaza

Dan Uke
02-23-2014, 02:26 PM
I've been listening to Corey Fujimoto & Paul Hemming lately. I tend to gravitate towards instrumental CDs

ukemunga
02-23-2014, 02:54 PM
Kris Fuchigami, Kalei Gamaio, Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee, Dominator and the elusive WS64.

I need to edit this to say I am more attracted to the solo instrumental stuff. Many, many of the members here are awe-inspiring in their styles.

Luke El U
02-23-2014, 03:01 PM
If it were a question about jazz records, I'd feel more confident answering as I've listened to hundreds in that category. My ukulele CD collection is very limited, however. Where do people buy uke CDs nowadays? Is it all on-line?
Anyway, I'm very found of my Ohta-San CDs. Also, I feel Daniel Ho's Polani is a must!

vanflynn
02-23-2014, 03:05 PM
Great list going here. I'd like to add Bill Tapia.

peanuts56
02-23-2014, 03:18 PM
Jake and James Hill are in a league of their own. They are like Bird and Magic. I had the chance to hear Brittini at Roy Sakuma's festival last summer. Very impressive. Cute too!

FrankB
02-23-2014, 03:23 PM
The guys mentioned are great to listen to, but Sophie Madeleine is my favorite to watch...LOL! Actually, I do enjoy watching James Hill perform as well.

Icelander53
02-23-2014, 04:01 PM
Wow! She is seriously nice to look at. lol.

She's got thirty covers for me to wade through. That's enough to get her into my dreams tonight. :D I may be old but I'm not too old to dream.

James is a great presence on stage. Yeah, fun to watch.

Hikingstevo
02-23-2014, 04:05 PM
I love playing the ukulele and getting together with other uke players. But, for some reason, I don't enjoy listening to recorded solo ukulele music. I don't know why. I guess I'm just strange that way.

aquadan
02-23-2014, 04:12 PM
Del Rey and Lil' Rev are 2 of my favorites.

janeray1940
02-23-2014, 04:28 PM
I love playing the ukulele and getting together with other uke players. But, for some reason, I don't enjoy listening to recorded solo ukulele music. I don't know why. I guess I'm just strange that way.

You're not the only one. There's a lot of recorded stuff that I just don't enjoy either - even though I enjoy playing solo ukulele music on my uke! While I can appreciate the technique and talent, much of the contemporary stuff doesn't really interest me. When I do listen to solo ukulele music, it's usually John King or Ohta-San... or Cliff Edwards and Johnny Marvin.

Sarah Maisel
02-23-2014, 04:29 PM
I really love Benny Chong and Byron Yasui. But James Hill and Daniel Ho are definitely near the top of the list as well. OH! And Lyle Ritz.

Icelander53
02-23-2014, 05:23 PM
Same here until James Hill. I can listen to his songs with a great deal of pleasure. I seriously never thought I'd own a CDs that was uke based. "True Love Don't Weep" is a really stellar CD imo.

Phluffy the Destroyer
02-23-2014, 06:39 PM
I really liked Molly Lewis, but I don't know if she's done anything since her first CD. She had amazingly clever lyrics that remind me a lot of Tom Lehrer.

Meljoe
02-23-2014, 07:03 PM
Kris Fuchigami, Corey Fujimoto, Kimo Hussey, Kalei Gamaio, Jake and Bruce Shimabukuro. :)

AJ Hill
02-24-2014, 05:31 PM
Joe Brown Aaron Keim James Hill

wickedwahine11
02-25-2014, 02:32 AM
Daniel Ho, Herb Ohta Jr., Aldrine, Brittni Paiva, Corey Fujimoto and Jake.

billten
02-25-2014, 03:25 AM
Kalei Gamaio is my favorite. He seems to vanish into the crowd but wow when he plays "Kiss from a rose"...
Bill

Five Ways
02-25-2014, 03:43 AM
At the moment when out in the car I listen to Brittni and Taimane, but although not ukulele I play quite a bit of Dylan stuff.
Steve

kkimura
02-25-2014, 04:27 AM
Lots of famous and well established artists listed so far.

How about a young rising star, Evan Tom.

SeaArtNancy
02-25-2014, 05:00 AM
I'm still having way too much fun exploring all these amazing uke artists! Love Sarah Maisel and Troy Fernandez...and for guitar-love John Cruz!!!!!
It was a late late night in the art studio, working on a commission...Pandora was desperately trying to find something I liked, when the Ka'au Crater Boys "Tropical Hawaiian Day' started...suddenly the Ukulele grabbed me and wouldn't let go, and I've been loving it ever since!!!!!

Tele295
03-05-2014, 04:59 PM
Jake, Brittni, Taimane, Daniel Ho, Troy Fernandez

Doc_J
03-06-2014, 01:03 AM
Right now I am listening to a lot to Corey Fujimoto's recent album, Fables. Every song on the album is well crafted. It might be my favorite instrumental album.

JaFrasher
03-06-2014, 05:13 AM
I see no one has mentioned YoYoYo Acapulco. They might be my favorite band that features the uke. Just a lot of fun to listen to.

coolkayaker1
03-06-2014, 05:43 AM
George Elmes.

Oh, and Taimane.

johnpe
03-06-2014, 06:53 AM
Am suprised that,unless I have overlooked it, nobody has yet mentioned Frank Crumit. For those of you who may not be aware of him, he was a 1920/30's vaudeville and recording artist who frequently played ukulele on songs such as "Crazy Words Crazy Tune" and "Ukulele Lady". Possibly not an absolute virtuoso but,to me, his playing is what ukulele is all about. Also like Joe Brown and Lil Rev plus an honourable mention for Gerald Ross although I have to confess that I like him as much if not more for his steel guitar work as his uke.

stevepetergal
03-06-2014, 09:02 AM
Kimo Hussey for sure. (Lots of great second favorites)

Booli
03-07-2014, 05:14 AM
I'm a music collector and have literally thousands of cds on all kind of music. I just started with the uke and so now just got my first Uke based CD by James Hill. I was blown away by how good it is and I just ordered another.

Who else is out there that's done some recording? I want some more if it's as good as James. I just need some leads.

I rotate amongst Jake Shimabukuro's CD called 'LIVE', which I like much better since his studio albums are not solo ukulele, this recording is just him alone on the stage,

next up is James Hill's 'Man With A Love Song'...

and then after that I'm listening to Sophie Madeleine's 'Love.Life.Ukulele' which is really great and quite different.

Aside from the above...

John King, his holiness, is a maestro of the uke.

Herb Ohta.

Sarah Maisel is a must.

Lyle Ritz, Glen Rose, Gerald Ross for jazz uke.

Daniel Ho is great.

Brittni Paiva and Taimane Gardner should also be in your collection.

Corey Fujimoto had his first album out a few months ago and he is really good too.

Kalei Gamaio

and don't forget our beloved Aldrine Guererro.

steveinny
03-07-2014, 05:23 AM
Brudda Iz is a given. But I am really enjoying Joe Brown right now. He does some great covers of popular songs and I keep going back for more listens.

coolkayaker1
03-07-2014, 08:21 AM
I really liked Molly Lewis, but I don't know if she's done anything since her first CD. She had amazingly clever lyrics that remind me a lot of Tom Lehrer.
She's still making videos, Phluff. Sub to her youtube channel. Besides lampooning Stephen Fry and such, she still has, to this, day, the most blistering rendition of Spear's "Toxic" on a ukulele (with nearly 3/4 million views!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWxxTph7ibU

coolkayaker1
03-07-2014, 08:27 AM
Taimane, Brittni P., George Elmes, and Ukulelezaza.

Tsssss! (that's the sound of my wet finger sizzling on my bum).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CookkyMzTNE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7_r8LDkTGU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxZNxJIdP4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka_bZfV8SC8

SteveUBass
03-10-2014, 10:54 AM
I'm a little late to this thread.

I'm surprised that this list didn't include Victoria Vox. Her latest CD is "Key" is very good. www.victoriavox.com/‎ or www.youtube.com/user/victoriavox

I also like Danielle Ate the Sandwich (Danielle Anderson). She has a large YouTube following and some very good CD's. https://www.youtube.com/user/daniellesmagic. One of my favorites is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcg6XQwLHpw&list=PLCD745E2B8DBAF441

For something different, try the “Langley Ukulele Ensemble” (this is where James Hill got his start) http://www.langleyukes.com/. Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U9Y3jzEIyw or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeIMu6_KIVs. They have many CD's availble

Tonya
03-10-2014, 12:37 PM
Bryan Tolentino. Sigh…not just great playing technically, but the "feeling" he shares as he plays is nothing but Hawaiian goodness.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B00153HW5W?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Bryan%20Tolentino&index=digital-music&search-type=ss

OldePhart
03-10-2014, 02:41 PM
I don't know that I could pick just one favorite. Among the "names" I love our own Aldrine, of course, as well as Taimane Gardner (one of the primary influences that caused me to buy my first uke - in fact I'd probably never thought about ukulele until I saw one of her street videos that somebody had mis-tagged as being "crazy girl playing mandolin" or something like that when I was flirting with the mandolin), Britney Pavia, and, of course the obvious James Hill, and Jake Shimabakuro. Then there are guys like Ken Middleton, Dominator, L'il Rev...

Of folks less well known I love WS64 (YouTube), DaddyStovepipe (more mandolin and guitar but some ukulele) our very own Eugene Ukulele and Seeso, the Flea Bitten Dogs (if you haven't seen them live you haven't seen them)...

Gosh, I've probably left a few dozen people out. Oh, yeah, our own Keonepax and DougF - the latter's videos will school you in ukulele jazz, for sure. There's a guy out of...Germany...I think - goes by rawuke on YouTube and does a lot of solo blues and rock stuff.

Note that these are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head and they're also the ones who have real skill on the uke. There are a lot of folks who are great vocalists who use the uke primarily as a supporting instrument but I didn't count them...

The longer I play this instrument, and hang out here, the more I realize that there are a lot of ordinary folks living ordinary lives in spite of having extraordinary talent. Kind of the opposite of guitar forums I've hung out on where it seems like everybody is a "toot there own horn" wannabee who seems to have a really inflated opinion of what is really rather mediocre ability! (There are a couple of those in the uke world, too, including at least one person apparently making a living from the uke based on little talent or ability - but in the spirit of Aloha I won't mention who!)

John

Nickie
03-10-2014, 02:58 PM
I'm only gonna pick one....I have so many, but James is my fave.....

ranger92308
06-05-2014, 12:48 PM
Aldrine and Ukulele Ray are my favorite. Back in my childhood Tiny Tim and Elvis presley.

tejastani
06-05-2014, 04:58 PM
Mario Takada (Sweet Hollywaiians) http://youtu.be/Ol5TpapffwY
Johnny Foodstamp http://youtu.be/BII39sEPal8
Craig Ventresco http://youtu.be/3srdCWVUSa8
Eden Brouer (east River string band) http://youtu.be/LTYiSIYl6dI
Bosko http://youtu.be/XPFo8EBYbZA

iamesperambient
06-05-2014, 05:01 PM
I'm a music collector and have literally thousands of cds on all kind of music. I just started with the uke and so now just got my first Uke based CD by James Hill. I was blown away by how good it is and I just ordered another.

Who else is out there that's done some recording? I want some more if it's as good as James. I just need some leads.

kimmo hussey for classic uke style and stephin merrit for indie pop.

franticwonderland
03-22-2015, 04:57 AM
Herb Ohta Jr's "Pure Ukulele" is wonderful.

The tone is marvellous! I keep listening and never get tired of it!

AJ Hill
03-22-2015, 09:33 AM
Joe Brown,,,,Aaron Keim mostly I find that as much as I enjoy playing ,,,,I don't enjoy listening so much but I have a few albums by these two guys and I never get tired of them

ukulelinh
03-22-2015, 11:07 AM
There are so many great players and band, but my favorite at the moment is "La familia de ukeleles".

Hippie Dribble
03-22-2015, 11:55 AM
Cliff Edwards. Azo Bell. Dr Bekken. Lil Rev. Corey Fujimoto. Aaron Keim. Scott Rogers. Papa Lemon Nash. Lili Criquette. John Bianchi. Aldrine Guerrero. Ukulelezaza.