Over the course of their three albums together, Columbus, Ohio, jazz collective fo/mo/deep have drifted from a post-bop/funk hybrid to a more soulful brand of jazz. On The Groovy Goodness, they’ve traveled back in time to a period where fusion easily shared the airwaves with rock, pop and soul. The album even begins with a cover of Teppo M√§kynen’s “1974” (the composer’s birth year).
High points include the centerpiece jam on Peven Everett’s “Groidology” and bassist Ron Holmes’s wistful fusion-pop track “As She Walked Away”. Three of The Groovy Goodness‘s 10 tracks turn the spotlight to individual solos. Pianist Joshua Boyd styles “If We, Can Be…” as an intro to “As She Walked Away” and brings the album to an elegiac close with “Chamsa (Shimrit Shoshan tribute)”. Keith Newton’s 1:43 sax solo “You Can Love Me Twice the Next Time” is the stuff of rooftop soliloquies.
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