Already the spelling of the formation reveals the elitist claim.
fo/mo/deep is a band of the extraordinary. The core of the group
consists of Ron "FatKat" Holmes, basses (fretted/fretless), André
Scott, drums, percussion and Robert Mason, grand & electric piano,
The discography includes the albums Eclecticism (2010),
A Beautiful Bang (2012) and The Groovy Goodness
(2014). This year Syzygy is joining them. In astronomy,
a syzygy is a straight-line configuration of three or more
celestial bodies in a gravitational system. Probably the title
refers to the three members of the band who are in constant
Since the elitist is always in danger of self-isolation, the group
has decided to open their album with a popular song. Curtis
Mayfield was not only a highly talented songwriter but also the
musical flagship of the African-American movement for equal rights
in society and a precise observer of everyday problems. With
Move On Up (1970) he spoke from the soul to the
underprivileged and encouraged them not to give up. The group
takes up this call because these problems still exist. If anyone
is able to translate the dynamics of the piece into a piano run,
it is Robert Mason.
The acoustic vibration of Ron's bass is the aptly introduction
into Bourbon Neat, featuring Robert's fulminant solo on
electric piano. From afar, memories of Mayfield's In The
Ghetto emerge. A Thousand Miles (originally
titled "Interlude") is the debut single written and recorded by
American pop singer Vanessa Carlton for her album Be Not
Nobody (2002). Apart from the fact that this song celebrated
chart success, it is probably the piano motif that attracted fo/m/deep
to a cover.
With Paradise, Mason recalls his own compositional
strengths. As a songwriter of his own composition, he is able to
fathom the finest nuances and depths of his piece. Maple
Street is a piece first and foremost for virtuoso of the
piano by John Funkhouser and Adam Saylor, both based in Berklee.
André Scott shows his drumming skills at the end. Insiders will
recognize a short quote of Summer Breeze.
The Lady in My Life is a ballad by Michael Jackson on his
album Thriller (1982), written by Rod Temperton.
Certainly the most smoothest R&B song on this album. fo/mo/deep
concentrates on the beauties of the melody and delights in its
note for note.
Giant Steps was the title composition for John Coltrane’s
Atlantic Records debut LP in 1959. It is the measure of all things
in jazz, released on more than 43 albums and covered innumerable
times. At the center of the interpretation is Robert Mason's
electric piano performance, which is still modified with presets.
Naima was the name of John Coltrane's wife, who inspired
him to this ballad of hunting beauty. Especially smooth jazz
artists have taken up this theme again and again. fo/mo/deep uses
this piece as starting point for their very own travel around
Ellsworth Ave is a street in Columbus, to which fo/mo/deep
dedicated their virtuoso piece. Perhaps on the next album we will
have a tribute to the East Deshler Avenue. Who doesn't remember
the great song of the group Tears For Fears Everybody Wants to
Rule the World? fo/mo/deep slows down the tempo of the
original and decorates the piece with many ornaments.
Medeski, Martin & Wood is an experimental jazz fusion trio, which
has many intersections with f/mo/deep due to its basic musical
attitude. The Lover is a tune from their album Friday
Afternoon (1995). So what could be more natural than to take
on this piece with a lot of passion?
With Syzygy, fo/mo/deep once again lives up to its unique
characteristic. For the ever-increasing number of followers, this
is further proof of their pronounced ingenuity.
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Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Label: RH Media
1. Move On Up - 5:01 - (C. Mayfield)
2. Bourbon Neat - 4:28 -
(R. Mason/R. Holmes)
3. A Thousand Miles - 7:19 - (V.
4. Paradise - 5:19 - (R. Mason)
5. Maple Street -
6:22 - (J. Funkhouser/ A. Saylor)
6. The Lady in My Life -
7:37 - (R. Temperton)
7. Giant Steps - 3:14 - (J. Coltrane)
8. Naima - 7:50 - (J. Coltrane)
9. Ellsworth Ave - 4:38 - (R.
10. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - 5:51 (R.
Orzabal/ I. Stanley / C. Hughes)
11. The Lover - 5:48 - (J.
Medeski / B. Martin / C. Wood)
The Groovy Goodness
A Beautiful Bang