Cover image for Afterglow
Title:
Afterglow
Author:
Johnny Varro Swing 7, performer.
Publication Information:
Clearwater, FL : Arbors Records/Arbors Jazz, [1998]

â„—1998
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Swing arrangements by Johnny Varro.

Accompanying program notes by Duncan Scheidt ([8] p.).
Language:
English
Contents:
It's a wonderful world / Harold Adamson, Leo Watson, Jan Savitt (5:24) -- Just squeeze me (but don't tease me) / Lee Gaines, Duke Ellington (4:22) -- Ida! sweet as apple cider / Eddie Munson, Eddie Leonard (2:55) -- Truckin' / Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler (4:22) -- Afterglow / Johnny Varro (3:57) -- In the still of the night / Cole Porter (4:03) -- Moten swing / Benny Moten, Buster Moten (5:59) -- Pom pom / Benny Carter (4:21) -- Change partners / Irving Berlin (5:34) -- Humoresque / Anton Dvorak (2:48) -- One for Todd / Johnny Varro (3:18) -- Cross your heart / B.G. DeSylva, Lewis Gensler (3:47) -- Front and center / Charlie Shavers (3:25) -- The chase / Tadd Dameron (3:52) -- Brandy 'n beer / Al Cohn (4:54).
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UPC:
780941119824
Format :
Music CD

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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. ~ Scott Yanow