Monday, July 21, 2014

New Releases: Andreas Varady; Jazz On Film...Bio Pics; Smoke Sessions Vol. 1


Varady blends the accomplished technique of Wes Montgomery, soulful voicing of George Benson and Gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt. While he started absorbing these masters from his parents record collection, he also has a fresh view on their legacy. I always knew that I was slightly different than other people, Varady said from his family s home in Limerick, Ireland. Not that I was better, but just slightly different. When I was 12, the kids at my school were into casual things, and I was into way different things. This guitarist also stands out from many veteran musicians. Guitar Player put Varady on its cover in 2012 and that summer he performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in front the festival s legendary founder, the late Claude Nobs, and world renowned producer Quincy Jones, who has since taken Varady on as a protégé. Andreas is the complete package, Jones said. He s a 360-degree musician whose knowledge and appreciation for all genres from jazz and hip-hop to rock and pop can be felt in his music. ~


An amazing collection of music from 50s biopics, scattered with iconic legends that influenced a generation. For the first time, this unique new release compiles a collection of nine stunning jazz scores from classic biographical films that traced the lives of some of the most influential jazz and blues musicians in history, as well as one of the most iconic film actors: James Dean! 6 Discs Include: The Gene Krupa Story (1959) music by Gene Krupa and Leith Stevens; The James Dean Story (1957) music by Johnny Mandel and Bill Holman; The Five Pennies (1959) music by Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong; St Louis Blues (1958) music by Nat King Cole and Nelson Riddle Orchestra; The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) music by George Dunning & Carmen Cavallaro; The Glenn Miller Story (1954) music by Universal-International Orchestra; Young Man with a Horn (1950) music by Harry James and Doris Day; Pete Kelly s Blues (1955) music by Ray Heindorf; The James Dean Story (1957) music by Leith Stevens; The Benny Goodman Story (1956) music by Benny Goodman. ~


A collector s edition sampler of the first four titles in the Smoke Sessions catalog! Pressed on
200-gram vinyl by Quality Record Pressings, it is destined to be a rare collector s item as it is
limited to only 500 hand-numbered copies! The packaging is a classic tip-on style gatefold
jacket featuring original artwork and liner notes, as well as photography by noted jazz photographer Jimmy Katz. Mastered by celebrated vinyl mastering engineer Kevin Gray, tracks include: Vincent Herring s exhilarating Elation from The Uptown Shuffle; a classic reading of Kurt Weill s My Ship from David Hazeltine s For All We Know; George Cable s jazz-rock classic Think on Me from Javon Jackson s Expression; and Thad Jones beautiful ballad To You from Harold Mabern's Right On Time. ~

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