Gerald Ross | Ukulele Stomp

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Ukulele Stomp

by Gerald Ross

Instrumental Swing, Blues, Pop, Latin and Hawaiian music arranged for the ukulele. Solo uke, ukulele duets, full band arrangements.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Ukulele Stomp
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2. If I Had You
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3. Fire Down Below
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4. Eleanor Rigby
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5. St. Louis Blues
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6. That's Amore
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7. Tiare No Tahiti
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8. Aboriginal Blue
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9. She's Leaving Home
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10. Easter Parade
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11. Maria Elena
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12. My Hawaiian Souvenirs
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13. Back Home Again in Indiana
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14. Pretty As the Moon
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15. Stoned Soul Picnic
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16. Chattanooga Choo Choo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
There is a ukulele revival going on!

I can't explain it. Why would an instrument that had its heyday in the 1920's and 30's suddenly undergo a new resurgence in popularity? Could it be the ukulele's quick learning curve? Or might it be the ease of transporting this diminutive instrument? Or maybe it's the fact that it's just fun to play. Whatever the reason for this renaissance, there's no denying the current popularity of the "Jumping Flea." For the past 35 years I have devoted my musical life to the guitar but the ukulele was my first stringed instrument. When I was ten years old, a friend of mine had a ukulele. He showed me how to place my finger on the first string and strum a chord. I was hooked. He wanted to sell me his uke for eight dollars but my parents refused. I was heartbroken. A few years later I convinced them to buy me a guitar. They thought I would lose interest after a few weeks but I hung in there.

Now, many years later, I have returned to the ukulele with a selection of instrumental swing, blues, pop, Latin and Hawaiian music. Solo uke numbers, ukulele duets and full band arrangements.

In addition to the uke, I play all the instruments heard on this disk.

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Gerald Ross has performed in concert with Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson, Johnny Gimble, Riders In The Sky, Brownie McGhee, Hot Rize and many other nationally known artists.

Gerald is the winner of the 1993 WEMU Jazz Competition (solo artist category). Other radio work includes appearances on National Public Radio's 'A Prairie Home Companion' with Garrison Keillor.


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Scott Thomas

Congrats on a fine CD! Highly recommended!
I just got mine, and I love it! I have other recordings by ukulele greats like Ohta-San, Lyle Ritz and Roy Smeck, along with the "Legends of Ukulele" compilation put out by Rhino featuring other masters past and present, and I think Gerald's work ranks right up there among them. (Nice steel guitar, too) Congrats on a fine CD! Highly recommended.

WOG

Great CD for a beginning uke player!
I bought this CD after buying my first ukulele, hoping it would help this old guitar player acquire an ear for the uke. This CD has given me more than an ear for the ukulele, it has also provided me a great deal of pleasure and joy, set my feet to tapping, and moved me to strum away on my new uke every day! Even my eight-year-old daughter loves this CD.

Marion Garbo Seltzer

As good as Ukulele Ike any day!
Interesting, skilled playing, great tune selection. One of the best versions of Back Home in Indiana I've ever heard. Pretty As the Moon is just gorgeous! Every track's a winner on this excellent CD. I'm glad I bought a copy.

Howard Kalish

Musicianship and taste!
This CD has grabbed the attention of the ukulele world, and when you give it listen you’ll know why.

Patty Harris

Ukulele Stomp
I play the piano and I have a ukulele that I am learning to play so was looking for some good ukulele music. This is it!! Excellent music, I like the whole cd. Read the other reviews. They are right!

Pat Lefleur

Don't pass this one up folks!
I'm listening to my CD right now and am in heaven. 'Indiana' is playing and I can't decide which I like better, that or Easter Parade. Hold the vote, I have to add in Chattanoga Choo Choo to my favs. What a great CD. Don't pass this one up folks!

U.R.

I cannot recommend this disc highly enough!
Ladies and Gentlemen (small drumroll): If you haven't yet decided to buy, please do - you won't be disappointed. If you have ordered and are nervously awaiting its arrival, believe me the wait will be worthwhile. I haven't been as delighted with a new uke CD since Soybean Sawyer's magnum opus way back when.

They always say that siblings produce uncanny collaborations together (the Boswell Sisters, the Andrews Sisters, the Everlies, etc.) - how much more so when you're accompanying yourself? Gerald, clearly expert in all his chosen instruments for this disc, effortlessly gets around the potential problems of overtracking yourself: he doesn't sound laboured and metronomic; rather spontaneous and in a definite groove. The choice of tracks is pretty much without fault - Tin Pan Alley, Island, Modern and Standards alongside some self-penned crackers - and the whole production is a delight from beginning to end. Even the cover graphics had me smiling. Many of us will have heard tasters for this album online - they set a pretty high standard, which the rest of the tracks match effortlessly.

Alongside the earlier-mentioned Mr Sawyer, it's great to see and hear top quality musicianship coming to the ukulele again. I bet Lyle Ritz would like this (praise enough!), and cannot recommend this disc highly enough for those looking for a soundtrack to the Summer.

Top marks, Mr Ross - I look forward to your next waxing! Many thanks.

AF

Outstanding performance!
Gerald's outstanding performances and arrangements on this disk are incredible! All this music coming out of a ukulele? Buy this CD and see for yourself. Gerald, make more CD's!!

Snoshu Thompson

Uplifting
Even an old duffer like me can appreciate the artistry and talent on this disc. My golf hat's off to you Gerald !!


Don "snoshu" Thompson (formerly of "the DT's")