Swingin' on W. 57th St.

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Johnny Varro's sixth release for Arbors is a swinging affair with a very strong septet that includes trumpeter Randy Sandke, trombonist Dan Barrett, clarinetist Ken Peplowski who also makes a rare appearance on alto sax, tenor saxophonist Scott Robinson, bassist Michael Moore, and drummer Joe Ascione, all of whom have worked with Varro on stage during various jazz parties and/or in the studio. With the pianist contributing all the arrangements, the group explores a wide range of swing fare, including the familiar and the forgotten. Peplowski conjures comparisons to the legendary Johnny Hodges with his rich alto sax solo during "On the Sunny Side of the Street." The brisk ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Johnny Varro's sixth release for Arbors is a swinging affair with a very strong septet that includes trumpeter Randy Sandke, trombonist Dan Barrett, clarinetist Ken Peplowski who also makes a rare appearance on alto sax, tenor saxophonist Scott Robinson, bassist Michael Moore, and drummer Joe Ascione, all of whom have worked with Varro on stage during various jazz parties and/or in the studio. With the pianist contributing all the arrangements, the group explores a wide range of swing fare, including the familiar and the forgotten. Peplowski conjures comparisons to the legendary Johnny Hodges with his rich alto sax solo during "On the Sunny Side of the Street." The brisk take of "Old Fashioned Love" features a catchy series of brief solos by the group. Varro's enticing charts of obscure songs such as Fats Waller's "Caught," Johnny Hodges' blues "You Need to Rock," and Jess Stacy's loping "Complainin'" should entice other swing specialists into exploring them as well. Varro also contributed a tasty original to the date, "Hag's Blues," named in memory of bassist Bob Haggart, who died suddenly around the time the piece was written. Throughout the session, the pianist is in the center of things, delivering brief but effective solos as he leads his band through one brilliant take after another. This should be considered an essential CD for swing fans.
Jazz Times
There are so many highlights on Swingin' on West 57th St. with most of them credited to Varro's writing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941124224
  • Catalog Number: 19242
  • Sales rank: 210,738

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 As Long as I Live - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (3:52)
  2. 2 Caught - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (3:15)
  3. 3 On the Sunny Side of the Street - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (4:10)
  4. 4 Old Fashioned Love - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (4:16)
  5. 5 Mission to Moscow - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (4:59)
  6. 6 Black Butterfly - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (5:22)
  7. 7 You Need to Rock - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (7:05)
  8. 8 Bounce of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (3:49)
  9. 9 It's Been So Long - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (4:30)
  10. 10 Avalon - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (4:00)
  11. 11 Constantly - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (4:02)
  12. 12 Complainin' - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (5:00)
  13. 13 Doin' the New Low Down - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (4:07)
  14. 14 Polonaise - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (2:54)
  15. 15 Hag's Blues - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (5:10)
  16. 16 I'm Shooting High - Johnny Varro Swing 7 (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Varro Primary Artist, Piano, Leader
Dan Barrett Trombone
Ken Peplowski Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Michael Moore Bass
Scott Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Joe Ascione Drums
Randy Sandke Trumpet
Technical Credits
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Jim Czak Engineer
Johnny Varro Arranger
Duncan P. Schiedt Liner Notes
Mat Domber Producer
Rachel Domber Producer
Cecil Mack Composer
Bryan Shaw Mastering
Rachel & Mat Domber Producer
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