Anders Widmark: Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Georgia Brown
Anders Widmark (piano)
Soul Piano (Emarcy Universal 986623)
Anders Widmark (piano).
Composed by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard and Kenneth Casey.
Recorded: Stockholm, Sweden, June 8, 2002
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Anders Widmark usually likes to lock into a happy groove and milk it for everything it's worth. Hence "Sweet Georgia Brown" is a great choice for him, and even before hearing his performance I could almost see the basketball bouncing back and forth among the members of his hot Swedish trio. Flashy passes, slam dunks, the whole works. But Widmark surprised me by dismissing the rest of his trio and settling into a thoughtful solo piano reworking of the standard, with only a smattering of blues licks thrown into the mix. But the total effect is quite impressive. Widmark's reharmonization is especially clever, and shows a powerful musical mind at work.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia