They had toes-a-tappin' as they worked through Varro's intricate arrangements, charts that roared at times, but more often were filled with subtle modulations that enabled the full brass section to shine without players stepping on each other. Each band member had substantial solo space throughout the night.
Christman and Rojas turned in notable performances on Hodges' composition "You Need to Rock" as the night wound down. "And he wasn't talking about rock 'n' roll," Varro told the concert crowd. The band rocked and roared through it in swing fashion.Give Varro, house pianist at Eddie Condon's in New York back in the day, extra credit for avoiding tired material.
|Varro, Lego, Bertini, Christman, Rojaz, Neuenschwander, Parnell|