UkePrints – Lyle Ritz – Tangerine

So I have decided to call our weekly ‘ukulele suggested listening, UkePrints. Inspired by the Wayne Shorter tune Footprints and the Chic Correa tune Fingerprints, UkePrints will be a curated playlist of some essential ukulele tracks that I feel all ukulele player should listen to. These songs have left a legacy for future players and in essence, sound impressions of the ‘ukulele or what I like to call them: UkePrints.

This week we visit the famous member of the Wrecking Crew, Lyle Ritz. As an established bass player, Lyle picked up the ‘ukulele and created a unique sound and style for the instrument. With a jazz sensibility Lyle arranged some timeless renditions of some old standards from Don’t Get Around Much Anymore to Blusette. Here is one of my personal favorites: Tangerine from the album How About Uke?. This album features the ‘ukulele as the main instrument in a jazz trio. Beautiful and tasteful chord melodies mixed with clear and punchy lines makes Tangerine a great study for solo and group players.

So please enjoy! We will see you next week Monday with yet another UkePrint!

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