Review: ʻUkulele Journey by Herb Ohta Jr.

Dec 29, 2007 ~ Herb Ohta Jr. is one talented guy, and his new album ʻUkulele Journey proves it over and over.

This album is more low key than his last, but I think that out of all of his projects this one represents Uncle Herb the best. I also think that he plays with more feeling on this CD than any of the others.

Uncle Herb starts sucking you in with the first song, easy going Sandcastles. Every time I hear this song I flash back to the Kahumoku ‘Ohana workshop and all of the fun I had being around Herb and the other artists for 9 days (I miss you guys!).

Together was written for the fans in Japan and is one of the albums fastest songs. If this one doesn’t make you happy nothing will.

Ohta’s rendition of Bob Marley’s classic Waiting in Vain is a nice change of pace.

Holo Wa’a Pa is played with slack key guitar wizard Uncle Led Kaapana. He and herb trade licks throughout out the song. Uncle Led’s third solo is great. Only he can slow down time like that.

This album is awesome, a must-have for all ʻukulele players.

5 stars

Favorite songs:

  • Sandcastles
  • Together
  • Holo Wa’a Pa

By Brad Bordessa

I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me

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