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“fo/mo/deep -][- A BEAUTIFUL BANG - [Rhmedia LLC - fo/mo/deep, 2012 | Review] - If haven’t heard, the word is out Columbus, OH - is back to serve up another tasty dish in the sphere of eclecticism titled “A Beautiful Bang.” With great anticipation, I’m sure fans of fo/ mo/deep the regions heavy weight champ of jazz and funk have waited patiently and now they’re ready to celebrate the group’s upcoming sophomore release! “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..................”

“Smooth Jazz Therapy, Denis Pool:…. Those of you who enjoy your contemporary jazz on the dangerous side could do worse than to check out the CD Eclecticism from the interestingly named fo/mo/deep. This rhythmic roller coaster from a band who describe themselves as an eclectic, groove orientated and funky jazz collective has its share of outstanding tracks while as a reference point Gill Scott-Heron or Brass Construction would be good places at which to start. Indeed original compositions by the bands leader and bass player Ron Holmes Jr. sit very tidily with material from Lonnie Liston Smith, Charlie Hunter, John Coltrane and Nat Adderley. As a consequence the entire collection drips with 70s style nostalgia but in doing so never sounds out of date……”

Denis Pool - Smooth Jazz Therapy.com

“Hans-Bernd Hülsmann - Smooth Jazz Daily:….. With Eclecticism will fo/mo/deep certainly rise a lot of attention in the jazz community. This band has character and diversity. High recommendable in particular for live events!”

“The Smooth Jazz Ride, Ronald Jackson: …. With a very alluring, ear-friendly blend of jazz, world, and soul influences, fo/mo/deep, this talented group of musicians who remind one of the iconic group War in some ways, teases and pleases with touches and tastes of piano, sax, trumpet, and percussion in all the right places on this aptly-titled debut release, Eclectism, with plenty of rhythm and exoticism…..”

“TheUrbanMusicScene.com, Peggy Oliver: Their self-released debut, Eclecticism, presents some of modern jazz and jazz fusions finest hours, along with some original treats from the pen of Holmes, Jr. Daring to take on jazz greats like Cannonball & Nat Adderley, Charlie Hunter, Lonnie Liston Smith and John Coltrane, fo/mo/deep convincingly resurrects the seventies and early eighties, a period when music was played with a focused, fiery spirit.”

“Jazz Review.com, Randall Parrish:…. The auspicious debut of fo/mo/deep is exhilarating music. Eclecticism whets the appetite for more, much more. As the legendary great Miles Davis once said jazz music has to have that thing. I believe that Miles would agree: Eclecticism has it.”

“Subject: Eclecticism Ron: the info in your bio does not do justice to the product you provide. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m so feelin’ the product. Funky, Old School–jazzy and R&B! I’m hooked. Especially enjoy interpretation of Expansions, and Hummin’ and basically the entire CD. It’s like Down to the Bone, Funkee Boy, some Candy Dulfer, the JBs, James Brown, BWB and so not a copy at the same time. I can feel the “roots” comin’ through. I will begin using tracks next week during my mid-morning Uptown Grooves 10–2 p.m. shift. We do a little jazz and a little R&B. Your stuff is just what I needed at this juncture. Old and New in a great musical amalgamation! Funky, energetic, controlled, groove oriented for a mid-morning program. Thank you for being patient. Tom Smith, Chief of Operations – WQTQ FM”

Tom Smith - Qute FM

“The Other Paper, John Petric: …..Recorded charisma - One of the highlights of this year’s Comfest was Fo/Mo/Deep, a local and very good soul‑funk‑jazz band that had the crowd in the palm of its collective hand. Well, the group has managed to do something that’s actually quite difficult for local, national or international talent, and that’s to go into a studio and transfer its live charisma onto a disc: Eclecticism….. --”

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“fo/mo/deep plays instrumental funky Jazz music..Their rhythm section had a great pocket, Funky drum kit+funky percussion+big funky bass…The three piece horn section was also great. They featured trumpet, sax and trombone; they played well together as a unit and all of them ripped killer solos...”

“Espresso Yourself Music Café (EYMC) is where it was “happening” last Friday night with three different musical groups. I arrived about 8:30 PM in the middle of the performance by the Fo Mo Deep jazz band which was loud and wonderful.”

“I only heard three songs and was blown away by the heavy, very artistic bass play by front man Ron "Fat cat" Holmes, not only did he excite you with his obvious love and talent of music, but he drew you in with touching on slightly familiar bass licks from decade or so ago..”