De'Vine Soul  - DS One


A possible way to explore the music of a group is to visit the website. De'Vine Soul's is a pretty one, flash-animated and the introducing sound is impressing. Michael Watkins, bass-man of the group, has founded the group as "Salvation Flyte" in 1996. Out of Orlando, FL most-known by its Disney world areas De'Vine Soul is a real entertainment act offering Jazz, Latin, Neo-Soul, Gospel, R&B and Funk.

Their debut album "DS One" was released in June 2004 and is reflecting influences of groups like Incognito, Tower of Power, Crusaders, Earth, Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Fourplay, Sheila E., Jeff Lorber, Joe Sample, Patrice Rushen and Brand New Heavies.

Yes, indeed. The first tune Places I've Been sounds like a mixture of Incognito and Brand New Heavies. The arrangement is tight and especially the horns section hits the points. Patrece Bloomfield's vocals are strong and convincing. Jeanine Nesbit masters the keyboards with elegance.

Devrick Bell's smooth sax and Patrece Bloomfield's enchanting voice are melting into Natural Love. John Kastrinos' guitar is crying while Bill Moss and Devrick Bell's horn section is crawling like a tiger in the dark.

All Thumbs Blues is John Kastrino's special guitar piece. Greetings to Carlos Santana. A tune with much expression.

My Interlude is what it's titled. A short bridge.

Joe Sample's Carmel was the first tune on his legendary solo album "Carmel" (1979) with players like Hubert Laws, Paul Jackson Jr., Abraham Laboriel or Paulinho Da Costa. Not easy to play these jazzy chords, but De'Vine performs an awesome rendition.

Feelin' #1 is a funky groove written, arranged and performs by all members. De'Vine's strength is undoubtedly live music. 

Samba Wiago (The World Is A Ghetto) is a Latin tune Santana couldn't perform better. Guitar riffs, horn arrangement on a well-balanced Samba rhythm. Absolutely groovin'!

What's Going On is one of the most-played of Marvin Gaye. De'Vine's cover has an excellent horn arrangement and also the other instrumental parts are from the finest.

The last tune of the album Amazing Graze is an instrumental alteration of all what I heard about this song till now. Very creative and innovative.

This album is recommendable to all friends of good smooth jazz. If you like horns arrangement of Incognito here you find a perfect equivalence.