Andreas Varady by Andreas Varady on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Managed by the legendary Quincy Jones (who spent years as a jazz player before switching to pop producer), this Hungarian guitar prodigy lays it all out there on his self-titled debut. History is covered in a nice traditional take on Django Reinhardt’s “Swing 42” and a smooth and new agey version of “Nuages,” as well as a suitably big and warm take on Louis Jordan’s R&B classic “Let the Good Times Roll.” Material of more recent vintage are the Wes Montgomery–like remakes of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again” and The Mamas & The Papas' “California Dreamin’,” as well as a smooth version of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.” Varady includes the well-crafted and modern “A Day in New York” and the more acoustic “After Seven in Beijing,” which are both originals that feature his deepest playing. While the teen handles much of this, the postmodern swing original “Don’t Stop the Music” is a misfire where the production trumps his playing. Nonetheless, this is a promising start for someone who certainly has the right people in his corner.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Managed by the legendary Quincy Jones (who spent years as a jazz player before switching to pop producer), this Hungarian guitar prodigy lays it all out there on his self-titled debut. History is covered in a nice traditional take on Django Reinhardt’s “Swing 42” and a smooth and new agey version of “Nuages,” as well as a suitably big and warm take on Louis Jordan’s R&B classic “Let the Good Times Roll.” Material of more recent vintage are the Wes Montgomery–like remakes of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again” and The Mamas & The Papas' “California Dreamin’,” as well as a smooth version of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.” Varady includes the well-crafted and modern “A Day in New York” and the more acoustic “After Seven in Beijing,” which are both originals that feature his deepest playing. While the teen handles much of this, the postmodern swing original “Don’t Stop the Music” is a misfire where the production trumps his playing. Nonetheless, this is a promising start for someone who certainly has the right people in his corner.

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About Andreas Varady

Andreas Varady is a jazz guitarist with a bent toward mixing post-bop, contemporary jazz and Gypsy swing. Born in Slovakia in 1997 to Hungarian parents, Varady grew up in a musical family and learned how to play the guitar from his father. A prodigy, by the time he was ten years old Varady (who had relocated to Ireland with his family) was busking regularly around Limerick and Cork and uploading videos of himself performing to YouTube. Around this time, he was contacted by producer David Lyttle, who had watched his videos. In 2010, Varady released his Lyttle-produced debut album, Questions, which helped raise his profile internationally. A year later, the burgeoning guitar sensation became the youngest headliner ever to appear at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London. In 2012, Varady performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival as a guest of Quincy Jones' Global Gumbo showcase, and later signed a management deal with Jones. In 2014, Varady released his eponymous sophomore full-length album on Verve, which featured guest appearances from Roy Hargrove and Gregory Porter, among others. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Slovakia
  • BORN
    Jul 24, 1997

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