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= An Eclectic Groove Oriented – Funky Jazz Collective.
Best known for their sizzling live performances, the fo/mo/deep groove is rooted in the experimental school of the 70s…a time when jazz, soul and funk were one and the same. Seeking to defy the ordinary, this diverse collective of seasoned pros keeps things stirred up with unpredictable energy that moves.
The music harkens back to the days when super groups hypnotized the world with bass driven ensembles and a full-bodied sound that reigned supreme. fo/mo/deep plays music like it’s meant to be…hot, incalculable and emotionally satisfying and fun for all ages.
Now they are releasing their most eclectic work yet, “TheGroovyGoodness” on June 3rd, 2014. Brent Black of criticaljazz wrote “A release as deep and rich as the cover art, I’m hooked…” Robert Young of the Vertical Spin says “Columbus, OH native composer/bassist Ron “FatKat” Holmes returns with his band fo/mo/deep to enhance their distinctive mark on another riveting contemporary jazz offering titled “TheGroovyGoodness.”
Both “A Beautiful Bang” (June 2012) their sophomore CD release AND their first CD, “Eclecticism,” (August 2010) was received with rave reviews. Rob Young of The Urban Flux declared, “Their unique groove uncoils with a twist of eclectic jazz/funk rhythms that’s not heard often enough these days.”
Formed back 2007 by Bassist/Bandleader, Ron “Fatkat” Holmes, Jr., they are now known for their intelligently energetic and unpredictable shows, created a formidable reputation for this jazz-funk-world infused band.
Amazingly, their music masterfully transfers the insatiable energy of the band’s live performances to the recording studio. The songs engrave the canvas of the record with sizzling bursts of improvisation, while also capturing the emotional essence of more delicate instrumental conversations.
Tastefully varied but cohesively melded, the music lives in the moment.
fo/mo/deep members include:
Ron Holmes, Basses
Keith Newton, Saxes / Flute
Andre Scott, Drums
Josh Boyd, Piano / Organ / Keyboards
Some of our notable past performances from the last 6 years include:
Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival, Columbus, OH
Capital Jazz Fest (after-party), Columbia, MD
Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Cincinnati, OH
Lansing JazzFest, Lansing, MI
SXSW 2013, Austin, TX
Jazz in the Park, Milwaukee, WI
The African American Culture Festival, Raleigh, NC
Nighttown, Cleveland, OH
Opening for Roy Ayers in Baltimore, MD & Columbus, OH
Jazz in the Park Festival, Forest Park, OH
Heritage Concert Series, Columbus, OH
Easton “Sounds on the Town" Summer Concert Series, Columbus, OH
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, Gahanna, OH
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH
Comfest, Columbus, OH
Dick’s Den, Columbus, OH
Vonn Jazz, Columbus, OH
Press, CD Reviews Summaries:
Rob Young, @ The Vertical Spin …. “Like so many music enthusiast I eagerly anticipate the arrival of new and refreshing sounds, especially by jazz artists. Perhaps more than anything, I’m truly enlightened by the symmetry, lyricism and hidden elements revealed through the canvas of these recordings. With that said Columbus, OH native composer/bassist Ron “FatKat” Holmes returns with his band fo/mo/deep to enhance their distinctive mark on another riveting contemporary jazz offering titled “theGroovyGoodness.” From the outset, their enticing brand of jazz artfully envelopes a gumbo of mesmerizing flavors…..”
Markus Michel @ Smooth Jazz Daily…. “Music in our times is often described with a certain kind of label like Jazz, Rock, Fusion etc.. But the musical concept of fo/mo/deep is different from that. They don’t seem to care for labels; they put different styles together, just as they like it. The result can -once again- be enjoyed on their new record The Groovy Goodness. The Groovy Goodness takes the listener on a journey into the groovy and funky sounds of the seventies and the eighties of the last century. Musical eclecticism is often used as a negative term, just to describe music, which contains nothing unique. But The Groovy Goodness shows, that ‘eclecticism’ can also be understood as ‘music without boundaries’.”
Brent Black,@CriticalJazz ….”A release as deep and rich as the cover art, I’m hooked…The development of a major label artist or act is rare. Sign the deal and your job is to now write for radio and play what sells. With all the baggage that comes with an independent artist that one shiny star is artistic integrity. Fo/Mo/Deep is back with an eclectic groove that pulls from a myriad of influences yet with the skills necessary to keep it tight and moving. Diversity is indeed a righteous groove. I don’t venture into the contemporary jazz waters often but in keeping with my commitment to the independent artist, Fo/Mo/Deep makes it a pleasure and they make it easy. ………”
Rob Young, @ The UrbanFlux …“A Beautiful Bang” embodies an assorted boutique of thirteen jams for the discerning ears of contemporary, urban, soul and smooth jazz lovers to taste, stir and savor with each spin. Out of the box, the groove begins with a tune pen by the dynamic duo Holmes and Newton on the uniquely titled “Jawjacka’.” This chart poppin’ groove opens with funky bass licks supplied by the versatile Ron Holmes, accompanied by the ensemble they pound away relentlessly too reinforce the upbeat rhythms accentuate their accessible and distinct sound……”
Ronald Jackson, @ The Smooth Jazz Ride…”A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing a very eclectic mix of jazz, funk, and world jams from a group called fo/mo/deep in its debut release appropriately titled Eclecticism. It was packed with body and powerful grooves that made this sophomore release, A Beautiful Bang, almost inevitable. Full of the same style of smooth yet funky jazz and even more world vibes with smart phrasing and timing, sharp keys playing, plenty of floor shakin’ bottom, and crisp sax work...."