Moon of Manakoora review
Mon, 24/08/2015 - 9:27pm
Bruce Crowther (Jazz Mostly) writes:
Among the CDs that were covered on that earlier website was Moon Of Manakoora (LaBrava LB0068) and listening to this album again I have to confess that I did not say enough about Chuck Morgan’s playing of the ukulele, an instrument he had only recently begun playing regularly. The ukulele originated in Portugal in the late 19th century as a guitar-like instrument similar to the machete and the cavaquinho and was brought to the Hawaiian Islands by immigrants. Relatively inexpensive to manufacture (and hence cheap for students to buy), this four-stringed instrument was partly popularized because of its use in music schools and in particular through the acceptance into popular culture of Hawaiian music in the 1920s.Although familiar with the instrument since childhood, thanks to his father’s playing, Chuck did not play the ukulele professionally but during a 2004 tour of Japan with Janet and David he bought an instrument while in Tokyo. That same night he was urged to play the ukulele during a concert and was received rapturously by an audience that, unexpectedly but fortuitously, included several players of the instrument. Chuck’s playing is light and fluid and his inventive solos are a valuable addition to the session. Among the songs are When Lights Are Low, Till There Was You, Linger Awhile, April In Portugal, Deep Purple, Falling In Love Again, Twilight Time, Whispering and, of course, Moon Of Manakoora.