Bill Carrothers: Keep Your Sunny Side Up
Keep Your Sunny Side Up
Bill Carrothers (piano)
Keep Your Sunny Side Up (Pirouet PIT 3021)
Composed by Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown & Ray Henderson.
Recorded: Munich, February 27-28, 2007
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
What is there left to do with standards when you play in such a common setting as the piano trio? “Play the oldest, less known ones and play them in a respectful yet original way.” That’s what Bill Carrothers seems to say here, letting bass and drums set the tempo before he comes in with the melody of this song from 1931. He then takes his mates on a crooked path where they definitely have fun with a tune that seems to be written for that purpose. Serious fun, indeed, since all their rhythm shifts, breaks, or tonality changes are tools designed to let music be an eternally renewed pleasure, from their own standpoint as well as from the listener’s seat.
Reviewer: Thierry QuĂ©num