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Embark on 'The Quest,' a New Album by Guitarist Andreas Varady, on Radar

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Guitarist Andreas Varady first impressed his bass-playing father by learning Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa" when he was 4. His mentor, producer Quincy Jones, became a fan when Andreas appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival at 15.

The point is not age, but rather a deep sophistication and spontaneity of expression, morphing a love for Django Reinhardt's  gypsy music with chops set in the modern vernacular. It's a palette influenced by everything from John Coltrane to Bill Frisell — and even Radiohead and A Tribe Called Quest. Alongside his father, Bandi, on bass, brother Adrian on drums, saxophonist Radovan Tariska and pianist Benito Gonzalez, Andreas Varady's music is a spirited invitation worth accepting.

1)    Lost Memories
2)    Radio Joint
3)    Follow Me
4)    The Time Is Now
5)    Patience
6)    The Quest
7)     Story
8)    Her Dream
9)    Radiska
10)   Outro

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosts the morning show each weekday from 6:00am -12:00pm. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.