Jan Johansson: Willow Weep for Me
Willow Weep for Me
Jan Johansson (piano)
8 Bitar / Innertrio (Heptagon HECD-005)
Jan Johansson (piano).
Composed by Ann Ronell.
Recorded: Gothenburg, Sweden, February 20, 1961
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
Jan Johansson's love of Art Tatum led him to try out numerous imitative ideas on this popular song, which Tatum himself used as a vehicle for runs, tricks, and lightning-quick stride. No one does it better than Tatum, but here Johansson's flourishes are calm, yet delicate and spry. With 8 Bitar Johansson (8 Pieces of Johansson), the young pianist solidified his place at the top of the Swedish jazz elite, and won his third Golden Disc Award from jazz magazine Orkester Journalen in 1961.
Reviewer: David Tenenholtz