George Varga

George’s Contributions


05/04/15    Features

Stanley Clarke: Bass First

Catching up (and looking back) with the unrelenting bass pioneer


05/03/14    Overdue Ovation

Overdue Ovation: Bassist Mark Dresser

Meeting music's demands


11/15/11    Albums

Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1
Miles Davis Quintet

George Varga reviews the new 3-CD/1-DVD collection featuring Miles' "2nd Great Quintet."


06/06/11    Albums

Corea, Clarke & White

George Varga reviews new 2-CD set from noted jazz and fusion threesome


March 2011    Albums

Bird Songs
Joe Lovano Us Five

On Bird Songs , the challenge facing saxophonist Joe Lovano—and it’s a formidable one—is to tastefully approach Charlie Parker’s iconic repertoire and his impeccably crafted alto saxophone playing as building blocks for previously unexplored possibilities...


08/10/10    Albums

The Imagine Project
Herbie Hancock

George Varga reviews ambitious cross-genre project from the noted pianist and bandleader


April 2010    Albums

Dave Holland Octet

Dave Holland, much like bass giant, composer and bandleader Charles Mingus before him, thinks and listens as intently as he plays. By doing so, this British-born, New York-based luminary creates maximum emotional impact and meaning with every carefully considered...


March 2010    Albums

The Pursuit
Jamie Cullum

JT contributor George Varga has mixed feelings about Brit jazz-pop singer's latest


August/September 2009    Albums

Five Peace Band Live
John McLaughlin/Chick Corea

Looking back while looking forward isn’t easy, especially for legendary musicians who know that exploring new vistas trumps sentimental nostalgic journeys nearly every time. Still, it will be difficult for longtime fans to approach the overdue re-teaming...


August/September 2009    Albums

Quartet Live
Gary Burton

Few musicians manage to sound as elegant and exotic, or as thoughtful and buoyant, as Gary Burton, the pioneering vibraphonist who helped create fusion in the 1960s and nurtured such future guitar greats as Larry Coryell, Jerry Hahn and Kurt Rosenwinkel...


April 2009    Albums

Jeff “Tain” Watts

An audacious new album from a prolific drummer


December 2008    News

Jazz for Obama: Democratic Jazz Party

Jazz has long been noted for its ability to transcend borders, age, race, religion and politics, but that didn’t prevent Stefon Harris from making an important distinction during the Oct. 1 “Jazz for Obama” benefit concert at Kaufmann Concert Hall in Manhattan’s...


December 2008    Overdue Ovation

Mundell Lowe: Man of Few Notes, Many Stories

It was a great life,” says Mundell Lowe. “It still is.” It certainly is for this esteemed guitarist, composer and arranger, whose résumé includes stellar collaborations with enough legends to fill at least one jazz museum. His discography includes albums...

August 2008    Features

Dave Matthews Band: What Would You Play

From the quintessential postbop of Thelonious Monk to the otherworldly explorations of Sun Ra, Dave Matthews has a deep and abiding love for jazz. But his passion was first ignited when he heard such seminal South African artists as pianist Abdullah Ibrahim...


July/August 2007    Features

Carlos Santana: Seeing for Miles

As much as he loves the art of improvisation and being in the moment, Carlos Santana readily acknowledges he is not a jazz artist. But the music has been a constant in his genre-leaping career for nearly 40 years and one in which he has happily immersed...


April 2007    Features

Joe Zawinul: Sportin’ Life

If every picture tells a story, two of the framed photographs that hang prominently in Joe Zawinul’s seaside Southern California home speak volumes about this legendary jazz keyboardist, composer and bandleader. They also provide some insight into the Austrian...

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