'Inertia', the new album from vibraphonist Chris Varga, features six different guest pianists and fresh arrangements of familiar jazz standards and pop songs. Highlights include Stevie Wonder's 'Isn't She Lovely', the well-known standard 'Body and Soul', and the title track, the lone original composition. A tune certain to be unfamiliar to most listeners is 'I'm-Jin River', a North Korean folk song given a contemporary treatment by Varga and pianist Lee Ji-Young. ------- Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Chris Varga freelanced in the Chicago area for several years as a drummer and vibraphonist. He also served on the jazz and percussion faculties of DePaul University. For the last 10 years, Varga has been based in Seoul, Korea where he maintains an extensive performing and teaching schedule, in addition to frequent tours to Europe and other parts of Asia.
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