In the 70s, bands like The Headhunters and Tower of Power fused elements of jazz with Afro vibes and R&B to create a titillating musical stew. It was an unpredictable trip of cultural grooves that expanded not only the music but the social consciousness of America. Many have attempted to recreate this magical moment in time but few have successfully captured the unbridled passion of the message … that was until fo/mo/deep released “A Beautiful Bang.”
Known for their ability to “rekindle the classic and fundamental elements of funk, jazz, and all-around soul-penetrating goodness that is all too absent in today’s music” (as declared by BusTown Music), fo/mo/deep of Columbus, Ohio is about to take the international music scene by storm.
“A Beautiful Bang” is the sophomore CD release for fo/mo/deep. Their first CD, “Eclecticism,” 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.” Known for their intelligently energetic and unpredictable shows, their live appearances supporting the CD release created a formidable reputation for this funk-infused band. John Petric of The Other Paper said, “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.”
Amazingly, “A Beautiful Bang” 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.
“The songs come from all over my life. We touch the blues, Afro-Beat, Brazilian groove, funk, neo-soul and jazz. This CD is a lot more eclectic than our first,” said bassist and bandleader Ron “Fatkat” Holmes.
The 13 tracks on “A Beautiful Bang” take you on a journey that travels past the contemporary jazz grooves like the funky “Jawjacka’” and the passionate “The Wanting”. They jazz up the blues on the smoking sounds of “Martini Blues” and the ole-school “My Baby Gots’ the Blues, Blues”. The Latin/Jazz dance of “A Plethora of Pleasant Thoughts” sizzles. The Neo-Soul/Jazz flavor of “Da Ba Di Do (Sonrisa de Zoe)”. The Brazilian/Afro-beat grooves of the title cut
“A Beautiful Bang”. The 70’s funk of “Mama Said, Mama Said”, and the poetic chant of “The Road”. Then you have hand-selected covers like the spoken-word saxual’ Afro-Beat Classic “Gentleman” (Fela Kuti) - Delightful duet of Sax & Piano on “Naima” give it a fresh updating (John Coltrane) - The Reggae treatment on “Red Clay” (Freddie Hubbard) and the Jazz/Funk Fusion of “Montara” (Bobby Hutcherson).
All for you to slide into a musical conversation with a natural ease - Tastefully varied but cohesively melded, the music lives in the moment.
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