Gently Weeps CD
Jake Shimabukuro's 2006 release Gently Weeps on CD
Gently Weeps is the solo ukulele CD that Jake’s fans have been asking for, reflecting the repertoire of the live shows that have been perking ears and dropping jaws worldwide. Recorded in Nashville, Gently Weeps was produced by Mac McAnally, lead guitarist forJimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band.
Most notably is Jake’s cover of George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps. In 2005, a video clip of Jake playing this song in Central Park started circulating the internet and emails of support and amazement came in from places as far away as France, England, Germany, Sweden, Australia and Korea. The 12 solo tracks include fan favorites Ave Maria, Blue Roses Falling, Spain, Let’s Dance and Misty.
“This project is something I began daydreaming about the first time I heard Jake play. Our goal with this CD is to introduce Jake to people who have yet to see him,” says McAnally who first brought Jake’s music to Buffett’s attention. “In a live show there is the advantage of visual image and the energy of an audience. Jake is a very kinetic player live, so in the studio we wanted to free him from the normal studio setup which is being locked down within inches of a microphone. Instead we used a “vortex” of 11 high quality microphones to create a space in which he could move around if he wanted. We used a pair just above the ears for the sound he hears as he plays and a pair about four feet in front for the listener perspective. We placed a couple mics overhead and then just walked around placing a few of our favorite old ones in good sounding spots in the room.”
01. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
02. Ave Maria
03. Wish On My Star
05. The Star-Spangled Banner
06. Let’s Dance
10. Blue Roses Falling
11. Grandma’s Groove
14. Lazy Jane
15. Hula Girl - Theme song for the movie Hula Girl
16. Beyond the Break - Music for the TV network The N Beyond the Break
17. Wish On My Star (vocal version) Music for the movie Hula Girl