Oh, how exam syllabuses have come on since I was at high school! It's a joy to find lighter styles in the lists. At first glance, this piece does not appear to present too much of a challenge, notation-wise. the real challenge lies in the ability of the candidate to capture the wistful, yet laid-back jazz style; to present what is written as if improvised; to hear the nuances in jazz ensemble part playing and the give and take of the rhythms. A more mature candidate with a love of jazz standards (especially an appreciation of them sung) will dish this up with relish.
So, at Grade 8, as always, there is much to choose from in the selected pieces, as well as the alternative listings. A performance full of personality, musicality and enthusiasm will reflect the candidate's likes and strengths. If I were to choose from the selected pieces, I would probably choose Alwyn, Dussek and the Warren - but I'm just as likely to change my mind!
I think the 2015-2016 ABRSM piano syllabus is one of the best for a while. Happy practising!