The Two of Us: Piano Series, Vol. 13

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Perhaps the real test of any virtuoso is a solo album, allowing the musician to carry the weight of rhythm and lead, and to do so in a fashion that holds the listener's attention. Johnny Varro takes the test in The Two of Us and passes it with style and pizzazz. Most of the 20 songs on his set list run around three minutes, providing plenty of time to set up the melody and offer a number of variations on the main theme. Varro made his rep playing swing during the 1950s, and he continues to swing hard on upbeat versions of "Green Dolphin Street" and "Lullaby of Birdland." Varro's choice of tunes, though, cuts a wide swath across 20th century jazz, from Jelly Roll ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Perhaps the real test of any virtuoso is a solo album, allowing the musician to carry the weight of rhythm and lead, and to do so in a fashion that holds the listener's attention. Johnny Varro takes the test in The Two of Us and passes it with style and pizzazz. Most of the 20 songs on his set list run around three minutes, providing plenty of time to set up the melody and offer a number of variations on the main theme. Varro made his rep playing swing during the 1950s, and he continues to swing hard on upbeat versions of "Green Dolphin Street" and "Lullaby of Birdland." Varro's choice of tunes, though, cuts a wide swath across 20th century jazz, from Jelly Roll Morton's "The Pearls" to Robert Wells/Mel Tormé's "Born to Be Blue" to Rodgers & Hart's "I Could Write a Book." He also draws from outside the jazz canon, creating a lovely medley with the Beatles' "Yesterday" and "Here, There and Everywhere," and penned the title cut himself. Varro's swing roots guarantee that each of these pieces is filled with a spontaneous joy that flows effortlessly from the master's fingers. The Two of Us serves as a nice introduction to those who may not be familiar with Varro, and as an intimate recording sure to please longtime fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941129229
  • Catalog Number: 19292
  • Sales rank: 284,068

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Varro Primary Artist, Piano
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
George Shearing Composer
Oscar Levant Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Lionel Bart Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Claus Ogerman Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Al Stillman Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Gary Baldassari Engineer, Mastering
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Jack Murray Composer
Johnny Varro Composer
Truman Capote Composer
Joe Young Composer
Mat Domber Producer
Rachel Domber Producer
Bernice Petkere Composer
Ben Oakland Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
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