This week we are visited by the late ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist Bob Brozman. Brozman was probably one of the most memorable individuals you would ever meet. Not just for his wit and character but also for his masterful playing as a slide guitarist and ‘ukulele player. In between being on the road (seemingly always), Brozman has recorded various CDs and instructional DVDs including one done with Led Kaapana. That being said, Brozman spent a lot of time in Hawai’i over the years teaching and playing with the Kahumoku family.
As a slice from Brozman’s work, today we listen to an original tune of his called Ukulele Spaghetti. This particular video demonstrates Brozman as both an entertainer and master ‘ukulele player. In the George Formby tradition, Brozman constantly shifts the spotlight from his comical wit and his ‘ukulele playing. Fast strumming, slurred chords, and the banjo rolls captivate the listener, leaving no room for distraction for the whole, “minute and thirty eight seconds.”
Personal note: I met Bob at George Kahumoku’s Slack Key and Ukulele Workshop in 2007. His playing left an impression on me as I have never heard a lot of the genres of music he was playing. He played a resonator ‘ukulele at the time with 4 totally different types of strings on it including a sanshin string on the C! I loved his energy, playfulness, and the willingness to experiment.
UkePrints is a curated playlist of some essential ukulele tracks that 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.