Andreas Vara dy
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.