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Live album captures Shimabukuro's fire

By John Berger

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2014

~~<p><span style="font-size: 12px;">From his early days as a member of Pure Heart through his time with Pure Heart's successor group, Colon, and ever since then as a solo artist, Jake Shi&shy;ma&shy;bu&shy;kuro has been known as a visual performer. A virtuoso musician, without question, but it was his physicality, that almost nonstop dancing when he was playing for an audience, that initially distinguished him from other ukulele players and then became something people looked forward to seeing.</span></p>
<p>As with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and James Brown, there is more overall to Shi&shy;ma&shy;bu&shy;kuro as an artist than recording tape (or its digital equivalent) can capture. This recently released souvenir of his &quot;Grand Ukulele&quot; tour provides both halves of his music &mdash; the music we're all familiar with and the physicality of his live performance.</p>
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<td><strong>&quot;Grand Ukulele Live in Boulder&quot;</strong> <br />
Jake Shimabukuro<br />
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From his early days as a member of Pure Heart through his time with Pure Heart's successor group, Colon, and ever since then as a solo artist, Jake Shi­ma­bu­kuro has been known as a visual performer. A virtuoso musician, without question, but it was his physicality, that almost nonstop dancing when he was playing for an audience, that initially distinguished him from other ukulele players and then became something people looked forward to seeing.

As with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and James Brown, there is more overall to Shi­ma­bu­kuro as an artist than recording tape (or its digital equivalent) can capture. This recently released souvenir of his "Grand Ukulele" tour provides both halves of his music — the music we're all familiar with and the physicality of his live performance. "Grand Ukulele Live in Boulder" Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike) Login for more...



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