Andreas Varady – Andreas Varady (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Andreas Varady – Andreas Varady (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:38 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Front cover | © Verve Records

A rising star and musical hero, jaz guitarist Andreas Varady plays with incredible finesse and confidence; his age, 16, makes his approach downright startling. This guitarist also stands out from many veteran musicians. He’s performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in front the festival’s legendary founder, the late Claude Nobs, and world renowned producer Quincy Jones, who has since taken Varady on as a protégé. Varady’s omnivorous repertoire includes jazz standards, rock staples, pop selections (including a Justin Bieber tune) and Varady’s original compositions. David Paich (Toto) produced along with Jay Oliver and Dirty Loops. Its cast includes keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, bassist Brian Bromberg, percussionist Paulinho da Costa and drummers Harvey Mason and Dave Weckl. Guests include Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn, singers Nikki Yanofsky, Kevin Ross, Drew Ryan Scott and Gregory Porter, who lends his commanding baritone to “Let The Good Times Roll.” Additionally, Nathan East, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Aleks Sever are featured musicians.


Andreas Varady’s eponymous 2014 Verve debut artfully celebrates the Hungarian jazz guitarist’s prodigious skill. A prodigy, Varady has been playing guitar since childhood. Only 17 at the time of this release, he has a fluid, technically proficient style that reveals a love of jazz tradition, both old and new. However, rather than simply delivering a collection of well-worn standards, a task Varady is clearly capable of, here he delves into a batch of modern pop hits and original songs in a contemporary jazz style. Executive produced by Varady’s manager, the legendary Quincy Jones, along with David Paich and Jay Oliver, the album fits more into the instrumental smooth jazz vein of artists like George Benson and Lee Ritenour than it does the straight-ahead style of Wes Montgomery, although Varady dips his toe in that tradition here too. There are also fewer Django Reinhardt-influenced Gypsy jazz cuts than one might expect, given Varady’s obvious talent for the genre; he certainly nails Reinhardt’s “Nuages” and “Swing 42.” Primarily, Jones has Varady apply his lithe fretboard chops and deft harmonic ear to songs that will fit nicely on both smooth jazz and instrumental R&B radio formats. To these ends, we get a very Montgomery-influenced take on Steely Dan’s “Do It Again,” a faithful rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” and a light Latin-tinged reimagining of the Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreamin’.” Elsewhere, Varady is joined by a few special guests including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who digs into the sultry Jones composition “Secret Garden,” and vocalist Gregory Porter, who brings his warm baritone to the old Louis Jordan number “Let the Good Times Roll”.

01 – Do It Again
02 – Come Together
03 – Human Nature
04 – Baby (feat. Dirty Loops)
05 – Secret Garden (feat. Kevin Ross & Roy Hargrove)
06 – A Day In New York
07 – Don’t Stop The Music (feat. Nikki Yanofsky)
08 – Nuages
09 – California Dreamin’
10 – Let The Good Times Roll (feat. Gregory Porter)
11 – After Seven In Beijing
12 – Swing 42