I really have no words to describe this ukulele video from Jake. I'd just say this. The bar just raised many notches. (Thanks so much to Mary Agnes Krell for bringing this to my attention)
OK - stop press - I shared this originally whilst still slightly in shock - just wanted to share it. Initial reactions:
1. I have not been a huge fan of Jakes earlier traditional output myself. That's ok, don't shoot me - just different tastes. It was certainly supremely talented, but didnt do it for me. THIS will not do it for traditionalists, but DOES do it for me. I love how music does that!
2. He is not the first to go rock / blues / freeform jazz on ukulele - however, I have NEVER seen it so original, so fluid, so 'different' than this. Some people just do Jimi Hendrix covers and say 'Hows that'. This is FAR from a Jimi Hendrix cover. I'm also staggered by the amount of people saying 'it's just effects pedals - seen it before'.. LISTEN to the music - the phrasing, the touch, the musicality. Doesn't matter that there are effects pedals - it's about far more than that. This is NOT just a guy with effects.
5. MOST IMPORTANTLY - I know some people wont like this. Some people will. That's cool. If you only like certain styles of music THAT IS COOL. That is ALLOWED. Some people like both. Music isn't a binary thing. That's what makes music so wonderful - we are ALLOWED TO LIKE DIFFERENT things. If however you are the sort of ukulele player who likes to DICTATE and tell others that certain things should never be heard on ukulele.. I say this.. who the hell are you to tell other people that? I hope this piece gets under your skin!
© Barry Maz