Afterglow

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Pianist Johnny Varro came closer that anyone in the '90s to play in the flawless swing style of Teddy Wilson. Varro's occasional combos the one on this CD is called the "Swing 7" are very much in the idiom of late '30s prebop music. Varro, tenor saxophonist Tommy Newsom, Ken Peplowski on clarinet and his rarely heard alto, trombonist Dan Barrett, trumpeter Randy Sandke, bassist Frank Tate and drummer Joe Ascione perform a variety of '30s and '40s material plus Varro's "Afterglow" and "One for Todd." Although some of the arrangements are reminiscent of John Kirby's Sextet particularly "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider," "Humoresque" and Charlie Shavers' "Front and Center", other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Pianist Johnny Varro came closer that anyone in the '90s to play in the flawless swing style of Teddy Wilson. Varro's occasional combos the one on this CD is called the "Swing 7" are very much in the idiom of late '30s prebop music. Varro, tenor saxophonist Tommy Newsom, Ken Peplowski on clarinet and his rarely heard alto, trombonist Dan Barrett, trumpeter Randy Sandke, bassist Frank Tate and drummer Joe Ascione perform a variety of '30s and '40s material plus Varro's "Afterglow" and "One for Todd." Although some of the arrangements are reminiscent of John Kirby's Sextet particularly "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider," "Humoresque" and Charlie Shavers' "Front and Center", other groups hinted at are Duke Ellington's small combos, Count Basie and the Dave Pell Octet. The 15 performances include quite a few gems and this is a highly enjoyable example of latter-day small-group swing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/1999
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941119824
  • Catalog Number: 19198
  • Sales rank: 212,345

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Varro Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Leader
Dan Barrett Trombone
Ken Peplowski Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Newsom Tenor Saxophone
Joe Ascione Drums
Randy Sandke Trumpet
Frank Tate Bass
Technical Credits
Eddie Leonard Composer
Johnny Varro Arranger
Duncan P. Schiedt Liner Notes
Roy Yokelson Engineer, Mastering
Mat Domber Producer
Rachel Domber Producer
Eddie Munson Composer
John Kluczko Watson Composer
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