Uke Ellington (EP)

by Uke Ellington (John Strub)

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During late august of 2011, Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on our town, resulting in about 6 days of absolute blackout. Besides the rotting meat and the cold showers, it was actually a fairly fun time, mostly because I had lots of spare time and the temptation of technology had been eliminated, allowing me to arrange jazz standards for the ukulele. All of the tunes on this EP were arranged during that week, and all but one were recorded during the blackout on a small digital recorder. I included the MIDI parts later. Although they are not all Duke Ellington songs (one of them isn’t even jazz), I still decided to take on the moniker. One of my good friends once snidely remarked that “the ukulelle is an instrument that is made for people without talent”.

This record is an attempt to prove him incorrect.

1. In a Mellow tone (Ellington)
2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Harrison)
3. All of Me (Marks/Simons)
4. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen/Koehler)

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released February 11, 2012

All covers recorded, arranged, produced and performed by John Strub

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Track Name: Uke Ellington - In a Mellow Tone
In a mellow tone
Feeling fancy-free
And I'm not alone
I've got company
Everything's okay
The live-long day
With this mellow song
I can't go wrong

In a mellow tone
That's the way to live
If you mope and groan
Something's gotta give
Just go your way
And laugh and play
Find joy unknown
In a mellow tone
Track Name: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
I don't want you
But I guess I need you
You've got me in between
The devil and the deep blue sea

I forgive you
'Cause I can't forget you
You've got me in between
The devil and the deep blue sea

I wanna check you off my list
But when you come knocking at my door
Fate seems to give my heart a twist
And I keep running back for more

I should hate you
But I guess I love you
You've got me in between
The devil and the deep blue sea