reviews

"Melbourne guitarist Doug de Vries has long been revered for his magical playing and willingness & determination to explore new sounds and styles… (His) artistry is eloquent, joyous and exuberant…"
Herald Sun [Melbourne].

"…De Vries' playing always offers musicality and emotion ahead of technique…with originality, vitality and finesse in equal measure…"
Shane Nichols, Financial Review [Australia].

"We are indeed fortunate that Doug de Vries likes living in Melbourne…"
Mike Daily, the Age [Melbourne].


Doug de Vries CD - 'SOLO'
Syd Morning Herald REVIEW - four stars

Melbourne's Doug de Vries can seemingly play anything. Regardless of the band in which he appears, he can steal a show with a segment of solo acoustic guitar, and here he gives us a whole album of that. He has especially immersed himself in the guitar artistry of Brazil, where rhythmic fluidity meshes with high drama and unabashed passion.

These qualities surge through the speakers as de Vries realises 15 short pieces, mostly by himself, with nods to the work of such heroes as Baden Powell and Egberto Gismonti. His articulation is very clean, without being clinical, and he has enough of a story-teller's flair to keep each piece engaging, and to prevent the whole becoming too samey. Superb.  
John Shand [Sydney Morning Herald, Oct, 2011]

“De Vries and Clark feel the music of Brazil down to their bones. His guitar is full of romance and her voice is so intimate it could make you blush. Australia may be halfway around the world from Brazil but you'd never know it from listening to their CDs“
Cadence Magazine [USA].

"Singing in Portuguese, Diana's melifluous voice perfectly compliments de Vries' virtuosity on the 7 string guitar. Marrying old and new sounds, they manage to remain faithful to the 'musica brasileira' genre while retaining a strong Australian sensibility."
Lily Bragg, The AGE [Melbourne].


Live Review at Stonnington Jazz Festival, May 2014 at Chapel Off Chapel by Roger Mitchell

"Brazilian choro (pronounced shoro) and maxixi (mashishi) were new to me, so I was hoping that the music would be accompanied by some explanations of the musical forms. I was not disappointed. The Chapel Off Chapel space was packed to hear Doug de Vries as an engaging advocate for the intricate and rhythmically strong choro regionale that he explained was gaining ground in Melbourne as well as being popular across the world.

The “sextet of the southern zone” treated us to choro sambas, maxixi — which de Vries said was an older form of choro that had a longer history of development than jazz — and tributes to Brazilian musicians, such as Yamanda Costa, who will be performing with de Vries in Adelaide in July...

This was music requiring great skill from nimble-fingered players with impeccable timing and virtuosity. Sexteto Zona Sul delivered.

Sexteto Zona Sul is a talented ensemble and clearly one not to miss.

The duet (or duel) between de Vries on guitar and Kerr on pandeiro in Num Pagode Em and Plana Hina almost stole the set. Not quite. Doug de Vries did that in a solo during the Baden Powell-inspired Afro-Sambas suite — it was superb..."

full review and photos here