An­dreas Vara dy

The Quest

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Res­o­nance Records ✪✪✪✪✪

It’s very re­ward­ing when some­one shows out­stand­ing mu­si­cal abil­ity at an early age then car­ries it into adult­hood. This is the case with An­dreas Varady who, hav­ing now reached 20 years old isn’t the cute kid that wowed Martin Tay­lor at 13 and then Quincy Jones at 15. Now is the time for An­dreas to step up and this sec­ond al­bum (exec pro­duced by Quincy) sure shows that. With all 10 pieces penned by him and sur­rounded by four other mu­si­cians (two are rel­a­tives), his mu­sic is in­volv­ing and stim­u­lat­ing. It spans be­bop meets modal jazz (Fol­low Me), sound­scapes (echoes and re­verse ef­fects on Pa­tience), and up­lift­ing melodies (the Metheny-es­que styled Her Dream). With a dark and strong neck hum­bucker tone cour­tesy of his Benedetto semi, An­dreas has a lot of vo­cab­u­lary that can burn with ex­otic lines or ca­ress as he nav­i­gates com­plex chord pro­gres­sions and ex­quis­ite melodies. There’s a lot here to en­joy and surely more to come from this so­phis­ti­cated jazzer.

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