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Bob DeVos : Playing for Keeps

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Playing for Keeps finds veteran guitarist Bob DeVos playing to his strengths once again, favoring the kind of Hammond B3 grooves that he mastered while collaborating with Trudy Pitts, Jack McDuff, Charles Earland and other great jazz organists. No question: DeVos sounds perfectly at home here.

“The spiritual source” of inspiration for this 10-tune set, writes DeVos in the album’s liner notes, is the Larry Young/Grant Green/Elvin Jones ’60s trio, but the guitarist’s own three-piece combo, augmented on four cuts by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, covers a lot of ground, making nods along the way to Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Eddie Harris, even Booker T. & the MGs.

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