Arguably, of course, and feel free to do so, but when you listen to this rendition of Autumn Leaves you definitely know he is among the best. Abe’s tasteful yet exciting melodies move through bright and thoughtful lines into a flury of emotion and expression. The pure musical gift this young man has along with the fat tones of his tenor Ko’olau make this live performance a wonderful reminder of the infinite capabilities and applications of this small instrument. Abe maintains a warmth and fullness in the high register where guitar often gets thinner sounding. The tone Abe gets here is an ideal Jazz solo tone. Guitar players should recognize the advantages to the voicing of an ukulele!
Abe has roots mainly in drums in which he still considers his main instrument, and he is good! He can battle with the best of them behind a trapset, so good in fact that he makes a living playing drums in LA. To do on call session work in LA in your 20’s is a feat many great musicians will never conquer. Along with drums and ukulele he plays the vibraphone, piano and probably anything he spends a little time with. Which gives him a well rounded tastefulness on any of them. Although I wonder if he spent all his time playing uke, how good would he be? Scary thought. Enjoy this footage from our Higher Ground.
Alden Tokuzato on guitar and Adrianno Larioza on percussion