Andreas Varady

Andreas Varady

by Andreas VaradyAndreas Varady

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Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2014
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602537858682
catalogNumber: 002089302
Rank: 144700

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andreas Varady   Primary Artist,Guitar
Brian Bromberg   Acoustic Bass
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Shaker
Nathan East   Bass
Walt Fowler   Trumpet
Michael Lang   Piano
Harvey Mason   Drums
Jay Oliver   Synthesizer,Bass,Horn,Keyboards
David Paich   Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Dave Weckl   Drums
Nikki Yanofsky   Vocals
Gregory Porter   Vocals
Drew Ryan Scott   Vocals
Henrik Linder   Bass
Aron Mellergårdh   Drums
Jonah Nilsson   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Aleks Sever   Guitar,Soloist
Ondrej Varady   Guitar
Kevin Ross   Vocals

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Composer
Siedah Garrett   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Roy Hargrove   Arranger
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Michelle Phillips   Composer
Walter Becker   Composer
Todd Austin   Engineer
John Bettis   Composer
DeBarge   Composer
Michael Lang   Arranger
Dennis Moody   Engineer
Jay Oliver   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
David Paich   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Greg Phillinganes   Arranger
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Chris Stanton   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Christina Milian   Composer
Jorge Vivo   Vocal Engineer
Nikki Yanofsky   Vocal Arrangements
Justin Bieber   Composer
Adam Fell   Executive Producer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Stefan Nordin   Engineer
Christopher Stewart   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer
Melanie Fontana   Composer
Andreas Varady   Arranger,Composer
Dirty Loops   Arranger,Producer
John Lee   Engineer
Ondrej Varady   Arranger

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