The award-winning saxophones-and-drums trio MO’FONE release their 3rd album, 'Fonology, with all new original compositions mixing meaty New Orleans Funk with Bay Area free-range Jazz.
With Larry De La Cruz and Jim Peterson on saxophones and Jeremy Steinkoler on drums and percussion, Mo’Fone explores the sonic landscape of its surprisingly minimalist instrumentation with relentless adventurousness, creating a huge sound that belies its compact size.
'Fonology includes longtime collaborator and founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band Kirk Joseph on sousaphone, along with Bay Area stalwarts Marty Wehner on trombone, Stephen Kent on didgeridoo and percussion, and Danny Bittker on tenor saxophone.
MO’FONE will play and sell the new album at an all ages show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA on Thursday, May 15.
'Fonology is full of catchy, fun and memorable tracks; from the Crescent City second-line romp of “No Nugget” and the buoyant, irrepressible “Jim’s Way”; the swampy funkiness of “Wind Pile” and the soulfully plaintive and cinematic “Regret”; and the haunting middle eastern “That & the Other,” Mo’Fone navigates a dazzlingly eclectic range of feels and shows the group is capable of terrific emotional depth.
Combining serious musicianship with an infectious sense of fun onstage, MO’FONE manages to groove with abandon, pushing their instruments well beyond their roles in a more traditional trio. Their groovy improvisations and original concept have twice earned them the award for Best Jazz Group in the 2008 & 2012 East Bay Express Readers Poll, a nomination for Best Funk Band in the SF Weekly 2008 Music Awards, and repeated slots at the Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ, and Sonoma Jazz Festivals.