Bill Charlap: Ohio




Bill Charlap (piano)


Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein (Blue Note 94807)

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Bill Charlap (piano),

Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)


Composed by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden & Adolph Green


Recorded: New York, October 15-16, 2003


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

After saying goodbye Columbus, hello New York in Broadway's Wonderful Town (1953), the youthful Sherwood sisters have second thoughts. Despite reminding themselves how bored and lonely they were back home, they still wonder why, oh why, oh did we leave Ohio? Here, Bill Charlap wistfully captures the ambivalence of simultaneous homesickness and sickness of home, evoking the melancholy that gradually succeeds a mad rush to the station, tossing luggage at full sprint to the redcap and boarding breathlessly at the last moment. Settling in your seat as the train pulls out, you wonder where, oh where, am I going? And why?

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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