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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Johnny Varro has been a solid mainstream pianist since the 1940s, equally at home playing swing, cool, and bop, along with standards. In his eighties and still going strong, he assembled a quintet for these 2010 sessions featuring cornetist Warren Vaché, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Chuck Riggs, all seasoned musicians who know a wide range of songs. While there aren't any surprises among the 14 songs selected for the session, several of them have fallen out of favor for no apparent reason. One of the nice things about hearing skilled musicians who know their music is that things seem to fall naturally into place; they can play around the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Johnny Varro has been a solid mainstream pianist since the 1940s, equally at home playing swing, cool, and bop, along with standards. In his eighties and still going strong, he assembled a quintet for these 2010 sessions featuring cornetist Warren Vaché, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Chuck Riggs, all seasoned musicians who know a wide range of songs. While there aren't any surprises among the 14 songs selected for the session, several of them have fallen out of favor for no apparent reason. One of the nice things about hearing skilled musicians who know their music is that things seem to fall naturally into place; they can play around the melody without resorting to clichés, while they also share the spotlight without egos clashing. Varro's light touch at the piano is reminiscent of Teddy Wilson, though he eschews predictable improvised passages and keeps his solos short. Over half of the CD is devoted to standards. "All the Things You Are" is one of the most recorded songs, though Varro skips Dizzy Gillespie's famous added introduction, instead launching a swinging, lighthearted treatment featuring Allen's robust tenor and Vaché's sparkling cornet bookending his masterful piano solo, followed by Parrott's intricate feature. Varro tackles both Rodgers & Hart selections at a brisk clip, with terrific interplay in "Falling in Love with Love" and offering an unusually peppy "My Heart Stood Still." There are lovely interpretations of Brazilian favorites ("Once I Loved" and "Summer Samba") and a loping, happy "Sweethearts on Parade" (a throwback to the Eddie Condon era of Chicago swing). This is a thoroughly satisfying release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2011
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941141825
  • Catalog Number: 19418
  • Sales rank: 125,569

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Varro Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Maurice Ravel Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ogden Nash Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Marcos Valle Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Victor Schertzinger Composer
Bert Shefter Composer
Paulo Sérgio Valle Composer
Charles Newman Composer
Mac Gordon Composer
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