Rhythm Section

Rhythm Section:

Frankly Speaking, One by One, and First Portrait feature a group comprised of some of New York's finest musicians. The players and singers have diverse backgrounds, and encompass a wide range of musical styles. The excellent jazz based rhythm section that accompanied Robert on his first three releases also backed him on Holidays.
The entire rhythm section made important contributions with respect to the initial arrangements during the recording of the basic tracks for each CD.

In addition to Robert himself on piano, the rest of the group's nucleus includes Bob DeVos on guitar, Jeff Lopez on acoustic (and sometimes electric) bass, and Ray Bruce handling the drum and percussion chores.

Bob DeVos is one of the busiest players on the New York music scene. Known as a tasteful and sensitive accompanist and soloist, he is equally at home with jazz, r&b, and contemporary music styles. Bob has played and recorded with many headline jazz and r&b names including "Groove" Holmes, Sonny Stitt, The Jimmy McGriff-Hank Crawford Quartet, Teo Macero, David "Fathead" Newman, Charles Earland, and Stanley Turrentine, among many others. He recently completed his second solo recording. His first solo CD, Breaking The Ice, is on Savant Records.

Jeff Lopez is the bassist with the renowned Jazz Ambassadors, the U. S. Army's premier touring jazz orchestra. Internationally acclaimed, they perform traditional and contemporary jazz around the world, and have been the proving ground for many of the jazz world's superstars. Jeff has played with Toots Thielmans, Kenny Drew Jr., Craig Handy, and Junior Mance, among others. He has recorded with the Jazz Ambassadors on several albums, and has recently released his first solo recording, The Sun and the Rain featuring his original compositions and highlighting his creative, highly rhythmic and melodic bass playing in a small group setting.

Ray Bruce is a first class, extremely versatile timekeeper and percussionist with considerable performance experience in and around the Boston and New York metropolitan areas. His musical relationship with Robert dates back further than any of the other musicians on either CD project, and this contributes to a musical "symbiosis" that he shares with Robert. In addition, Ray functioned as a virtual co-producer with Robert, contributing significantly with his ideas, feedback and tireless effort during the course of both projects.


   
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