“Mo’Fone brings the grease.”


Following in the footsteps of another raucous Bay Area horn band, Tower of Power, Mo’Fone brings the grease on its new recording, Sling Shot (Evander). Yet Mo’Fone manages to get that huge sound with just three players, albeit three seasoned vets of the Bay Area jazz and blues scenes. On the front line, Larry De La Cruz lays down snaky leads on alto sax and clarinet, while Jim Peterson blows fat and funky rhythms on baritones sax and bass clarinet. Holding it all down with sinewy, slinky backbeats, drummer Jeremy Steinkoler lends another layer of booty-shaking propulsion. The kickoff track to Sling Shot, the aptly titled “Wiggle,” invites listeners to get up offa that thang, and we urge you to do the same when you play the track.

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