Johnny Varro has long been one of jazz's greatest swing pianists. Influenced by Teddy Wilson and to a lesser extent Fats Waller and Earl Hines, Varro had his own voice on his instrument for over 40 years before recording Pure Imagination. Assisted by bassist Mark Neuenschwander and drummer Ed Metz Jr., Varro swings his way through such numbers as "A Beautiful Friendship," "I'm Old Fashioned," "'Deed I Do," "Drop Me Off in Harlem," and "I'll Take Romance," also including a couple more recent songs in his repertoire. Heard throughout at the peak of his powers, Varro always keeps the melody in mind while filling his solos with subtle surprises. This is one of his finest showcases and is highly recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow