Bud Shank & Bob Cooper: Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Georgia Brown
Blowin' Country (Pacific Jazz CDP 7243 94846 2 7)
Composed by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard & Kenneth Casey. Arranged by Bob Cooper.
Recorded: Los Angeles, November 29, 1956
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
A longtime jazz favorite, "Sweet Georgia Brown" (1925) became beloved by millions after the Harlem Globetrotters made it their theme in 1952. Amazed crowds worldwide, watching the Globetrotters' comic basketball wizardry, whistled along with "Sweet Georgia Brown." Likewise bouncing with skill and surprise is this quintessential 1950s West Coast jazz track. Although classical composers had long paired flute and oboe, Shank & Cooper here demonstrate the tandem's superior jazz IQ. With Cooper's call-&-response arrangement coyly teasing the melody, "Sweet Georgia Brown" tips off tiptop players at the top of their game.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz