The opening track, "Feels Like Coming Home" sounds very much like a new tune bonded over the harmonic and rhythmic framework of the Joe Zawinul/Adderly Brothers classic "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy." "Simple Soulman" brings to mind the music of Stevie Wonder from the 1970’s. "Move Over Mr. B" is an interesting combination of jazz/rock rhythms alternating with fast swing passages underlying the solos, and to this listener, may be the best track on Dig A Little Deeper. "Same Old Broad," and "Voodoo Dance," however provide little in the way of musical/creative interest and give the listener pause to ponder and anticipate when will the same old voodoo you do come to an end. The title cut, "Dig A Little Deeper" has some nice intricate bass work, however the horns sound like they are attempting "pick up the pieces" of 1970’s funk/disco music. The two final cuts, "Midnight on the Bayou," and "Rondo Alphonso" continue the same formulae as the previous six cuts, although "Rondo Alphonso" tends to have something of a Latin tinge to it.
This listener is not certain who the likely audience for Dig A Little Deeper would be. The CD certainly has a repetitive litany of tunes that fit into a consistent groove. Many of the tunes are at nearly identical tempi, and melodic ideas tend to vary little from one selection to the next. Improvised sections demonstrate momentary brilliance, however soloists never really push beyond a pedestrian level. Aficionado’s of forward thinking mainstream jazz and creative musical adventure would likely find that Dig A Little Deeper, doesn’t quite dig deep enough and is somewhat a disappointment.