Three Shadows of Blue
Those who have had only a passing acquaintance with Brazilian music will be delighted with this disc from two of Australia's best musicians, Doug de Vries and Diana Clark. Those who know this music well will be impressed.
Having immersed themselves in Brazilian culture, these two have returned to Australia to delight audiences with their very obvious passion for the tango nuevo, samba and choro.
De Vries, who has been an outstanding guitarist mainly in the jazz field for decades, plays a seven string nylon string guitar here. Brazilian music lends plenty of scope for an accomplished jazz player. Those minor 9ths and major 6ths swing forth with precision and feel to the 2 beat swing of this music.
De Vries has provided chord charts for five of the tunes, which will be of great interest for guitarists. Diana Clark's beautiful voice lends charm and poise to these timeless tunes and their mostly Portuguese lyrics.
Not surprisingly Antonio Jobim gets a solid airing with 'Wave', 'Desafinado', 'Meditacao' and 'Corcovado'. Baden Powell's lovely 'Berimbau' is featured, as well as 'Vera Cruz' and the haunting 'O Cio da Terra". The lovely lament 'Manha de Carnaval' and the gorgeous tune 'Para Ver as Meninas' are presented as well.
This is a studio album, allowing a minimum of overdubbing mainly for de Vries's solos, but the disc still captures the ambiance of a live performance.
Steve Baker, Rhythms Magazine(Australia) March 2005
THREE SHADOWS OF BLUE Review [3 shadows was *Voted in USA Cadence Magazine's Reviewers top 10 recording for 2005]
...three shadows of blue... "is just De Vries [seven-string guitar & arrangements] and Clark [voice] with Denis Close adding some percussion. This [CD interprets] a lot of familiar crossover Brazilian songs including Luis Bonfa's Manha De Carnaval and a horde of Jobim classics like a bright and sunny treatment of Desafinado and a cute duet version of the brilliant song Aguas De Marco.
There's excellent music from other sources as well. The Beatles' Michelle comes out beautiful and lilting. Milton Nascimento's O Cio Da Terra has the solemn air of a hymn and Paulinho da Viola's Para Ver As Meninas is an elegant bossa nova with Clark's voice especially tender and lovely.
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 these CDs."