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Album Review

A veteran of many organ/guitar/drum jazz trios, guitarist Bob DeVos hasn't had a lot of opportunities to record as a leader, but his second Savant CD also allows him to share his abilities as a composer. DeVos is a bluesy, soul-infused player, well accompanied by organist Dan Kostelnik and drummer Steve Johns, and his brisk, rhythmic treatment of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Mojave" gives it an entirely new character. The guitarist's lyrical "Shifting Sands" has a meditative gospel quality, while "A Different Dozen" puts a new twist on a regular 12-bar blues in an uptempo setting. Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, like the leader a veteran of the late Charles Earland's combo, is a special guest on several tracks, highlighted by the funky arrangement of the standard "Willow Weep for Me," which also adds percussionist Gary Fritz.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

There's a heavy blues and soul element in the jazz guitar stylings of Bob DeVos. He can't help it, as many of his formative years in Paterson, N.J. were spent performing with groups influenced by B.B. King, Otis Redding, James Brown, and other classic blues and rhythm & blues performers. While no one in DeVos' family played a musical instrument, he was influenced by his parents' and his older brother's record collections, which included Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra as well as King...
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