= 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....
fo/mo/deep released their most eclectic work yet, “TheGroovyGoodness” on June, 2014. Brent Black of Critical Jazz wrote “A release as deep and rich as the cover art, I’m hooked….”
Both “A Beautiful Bang” (June 2012) their 2nd 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 or Kevin Jones, Piano / Organ / Keyboards
Some of our notable performances from the last 7 years include:
|Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Cincinnati, OH|
|Capital Jazz Fest, Columbia, MD|
|Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH|
|Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival, Columbus, OH|
|Comfest, Columbus, OH|
|Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, Gahanna, OH|
|Crown Jewels of Jazz Heritage Festival, Cincinnati, OH|
|Easton “Sounds on the Town" Summer Concert Series, Columbus, OH|
|Festival of the Vine, Kettering, OH|
|Heritage Concert Series, Columbus, OH|
|Jazz Café' at Music Hall, Detroit, MI|
|Jazz in the Park Festival, Forest Park, OH|
|Jazz in the Park Music Series, Milwaukee, WI|
|Lansing JazzFest, Lansing, MI|
|Nighttown, Cleveland, OH|
|Opening for Roy Ayers in Baltimore, MD & Columbus, OH|
|Opening for Mavis Staples at Rhythm on the River Series, Columbus, OH|
|2nd Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival, Muskegon, MI|
|Something Else Jazz Club, New York, NY|
|South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) 2013, Austin, TX|
|The African American Culture Festival, Raleigh, NC|
|West Virginia Wine and Jazz Fest, Morgantown, WV|
Some Past Festival Organizer Comments:
Mike Stratton, Lansing Jazz Festival 2012: The crowd was eating you guys up. I thought it was very cool: rare to see such good players who are also entertainers. Great show.
Joe Mallory, Project ArtReach (Jazz in the Park Festival): "I thank you sincerely for all you have done to help our organization and the amazing performance fo/mo/deep gave for 2 hours at our 10th Anniversary! ……you guys are Gold in my book! Outstanding Job…"
Project Artreach, (Jazz in the Park Festival): "Good morning, Ron! You guys were fantastic! I had the opportunity to hear some of your set – in between running around on the cart. However, the comments from the crowd were extremely positive. Thank you again for being so gracious with your support of Project ArtReach; ya’ll ROCK!"
Gail Burkholder, (Comfest): "As someone who’s seen them from their first show on, I highly recommend this CD. I’ve used their music as a bed when hosting Jazz Sunday on WCBE and headlined them on the Jazz Stage at Comfest. As someone with lots of choices of bands, I keep returning to fo/mo/deep when I need to get my groove on. Festival/club bookers, they will get your crowd dancing!"
Jay Snyder, (Riverfront Arts Festival): "Ron and the rest of Fo/Mo/Deep are as good as it gets. They know how to light an audience on fire, bringing a whole musical toolkit and the skills to fix your flats. They were regulars at the Riverfront Art Festival when I was there – just mention their name and people get excited around here. They have a well deserved reputation as Columbus’s preferred soundtrack. I hope I have the excuse to hire them again!”
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, @ Critical Jazz ….”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. ………”
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, this new project should be received as well, if not better, than its predecessor.”
Chris Mann, @ smoothjazzdaily…”In the years that I’ve been writing about music, it’s always been a pleasure to hear the latest release from my favorite artists. It’s a real joy though to hear music this good from a band I just discovered. The writing, performing and producing talent on display here is really dazzling, but what I like most is the honest, funky nature of a band that knows where its roots lay, what it does well and what its audiences are going to love.”
S. Victor Aaron, @ somethingelsereviews…”fo/mo/deep also serves to remind us that, yes, there are still a few bands out there making that soul-soothing, butt-swaying, feel-good blend of jazz and funk. And at least one of them, out of the middle of Ohio, is doing it about as well as it can be done.”