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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob DeVos: Six String Solos

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It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Bob DeVos' work as a leader that, in the absence of a band, the guitarist's virtues remain intact and shine even brighter. One goes to DeVos' gigs--mostly in and around northern New Jersey, usually in trio and quartet formats--with high expectations. Encompassing the simultaneous employment of a number of skills rendered in a straightforward, unassuming manner, on these occasions DeVos always delivers the goods. A distinctive, full-bodied tone stings and ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Bob DeVos Quartet at the 12th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest

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Bob DeVos Quartet Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center 12h Annual Jazz and Brew Fest West Orange, NJ September 19, 2015 A loud, protracted rumble, not unlike the sound of aircraft hovering overhead, briefly marred the second selection of a set by guitarist Bob DeVos' Quartet. It took a minute or two for the sound crew at the 12th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest to get things back on course. The unwelcome interruption ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Bob DeVos: Shadow Box

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On the face of it, Shadow Box, Bob DeVos' fifth outing as a leader, is a sixty minute case study of the evolution of the organ combo, one of the music's most popular and enduring formats. DeVos tips his hat to legendary individuals (some of whom he played with in the early stages of his career) like Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Smith, Trudy Pitts, Charles Earland, Richard “Groove" Holmes, Wes Montgomery with Melvin Rhyne, Jimmy McGriff, and Larry Young. Though ...

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Bob DeVos and Don Friedman: Nyack, NY, June 29, 2012

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Bob DeVos and Don FriedmanNyack Library Carnegie RoomNyack, NYJune 29, 2012The spate of live performances that expressly pay tribute to various figures from bygone eras of jazz raises a number of complex questions about the music and the business which surrounds it. Do concerts and club dates in honor of musicians ranging from Duke Ellington to Louis Prima represent a marketing ploy to attract listeners who are reluctant to venture out to hear performers with ...

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Bob DeVos at The Turning Point Cafe, Piermont, NY

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Bob DeVos The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, New York May 12, 2008

There's never been a better time to catch jazz/blues master Bob DeVos in live performance. Having played scores of gigs since 2005, DeVos's working trio, consisting of his guitar, organist Dan Kostelnik, and drummer Steve Johns, is at the peak of its creative peak. A seventy-five minute opening set at The Turning Point Cafe featured mostly selections from DeVos's two recent ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob DeVos: Playing for Keeps

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There are few lovelier sounds in music than a guitar that is played correctly, and by that I mean with warmth and sensitivity, even though I couldn't single out one guitarist from another even under threat of waterboarding. All that's really necessary, though, is to know who can play, and Bob DeVos raises no doubt about that. Logically and aesthetically, he's squarely on the mark.

DeVos, who toured and performed early on with such legendary organists as Richard “Groove Holmes, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob DeVos: Playing For Keeps

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There's nothing muddy about the waters Bob DeVos dips his digits into--his fluid, sure and straight-ahead guitar rings as clear as any superbly played horn. Favoring moving single-note lines, he has fashioned a playing style influenced by horn masters like Sonny Stitt and he obviously admires Coltrane, who has received tributes on a couple of his recordings. He's also taken inspiration from pianists McCoy Tyner, Wynton Kelly and Herbie Hancock, and from guitar kingpin Wes Montgomery. And in his liner ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob DeVos: Shifting Sands

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It is old news that the classic B-3 guitar trio is back. What is news though are the inventive explorations happening in the genre--and Shifting Sands, the latest from guitarist Bob DeVos, is one such delight. DeVos meshes his teeming tone with the chordal subtleties of organist Dan Kostelnik and wide-open feeling of drummer Steve Johns. This program includes a healthy quantity of new material and benefits from the guest horn of post-bopper Eric Alexander. “Lost and ...


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