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Rage!

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The second studio set from this sideman supergroup of sorts follows its debut by six years but maintains a similar approach. While the first album recorded by the eight-piece ensemble (that gets together only sporadically between other full time gigs) was funk-influenced, this is pure '70s styled retro funk. Think Earth, Wind & Fire, P-Funk, the Crusaders, Tower of Power, James Brown, Rufus with Chaka Khan, you get the idea. To further cement the old school feel, the band recorded with mics and tube compressors from the era. The result is nearly an hour of non-stop, predominantly instrumental, rump shaking jazz-funk fusion that, while obviously indebted to its predecessors, shimmers with a natural energetic groove of its own. These guys play off each other with enthusiasm and are clearly having a ball. All but two tunes are Lettuce compositions with drummer Adam Deitch (50 Cent, Talib Kweli, John Scofield) writing or co-writing eight selections. The three piece horn section gets all AWB on "Salute" and the band finds its Meters "Cissy Strut"-ing heart in "Speak E.Z." The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band's "Express Yourself" and Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up" make for two representative and slightly left-of-center covers that fit perfectly with the album's electric boogie vibe, but the rest of the self-penned tracks are nearly as good. The group borrows liberally from its forerunners but does so with such integrity and respect it's impossible to criticize Lettuce for ripping off the licks, lines and riffs of the '70s greats in their record collections. Rather, this is party music made to liven up any shindig and might also encourage some youngsters to search out the sources behind Lettuce's funky blasts. That seems to be at least part of the band's intent. The rest is just to have fun paying tribute to music that inspires them and hope the listener's feelings are mutual.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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1
Blast Off
00:03:43

Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erick Coomes, ComposerLyricist - Adam Deitch, ComposerLyricist - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

2
Sam Huff's Flying Ragin' Machine
00:03:24

Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Deitch, ComposerLyricist - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Smirnoff, ComposerLyricist - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist - Timothy Sam Kininger, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

3
Move On Up
00:03:32

Alan Evans, Mixer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Curtis Mayfield, ComposerLyricist - Jason Crosby, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Dwele, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist - Kalen Evans, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

4
King Of The Burgs
00:03:21

Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Krasno, ComposerLyricist - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

5
Need To Understand
00:03:45

Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Deitch, ComposerLyricist - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Smirnoff, ComposerLyricist - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

6
Last Suppit
00:05:00

Neal Evans, ComposerLyricist - Alan Evans, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Deitch, ComposerLyricist - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

7
Dizzer
00:01:47

Neal Evans, ComposerLyricist - Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

8
Makin' My Way Back Home
00:04:41

Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Coomes, ComposerLyricist - Adam Deitch, ComposerLyricist - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Hall, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Adam Smirnoff, ComposerLyricist - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist - Shmeeans, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Max, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

9
Salute
00:04:28

Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Deitch, ComposerLyricist - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

10
Speak E.Z.
00:04:31

Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erick Coomes, ComposerLyricist - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Zoidis, ComposerLyricist - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist - Timothy Sam Kininger, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

11
Express Yourself
00:03:32

Alan Evans, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - CHARLES WRIGHT, ComposerLyricist - Maurice Brown, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Roseman, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist - Timothy Sam Kininger, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

12
Relax
00:03:50

Neal Evans, ComposerLyricist - Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

13
By Any Shmeeans Necessary
00:03:09

Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erick Coomes, ComposerLyricist - Adam Deitch, ComposerLyricist - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Smirnoff, ComposerLyricist - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

14
Mr. Yancey
00:03:02

Alan Evans, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Deitch, ComposerLyricist - Joel Hamilton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lettuce, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Velour Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

The second studio set from this sideman supergroup of sorts follows its debut by six years but maintains a similar approach. While the first album recorded by the eight-piece ensemble (that gets together only sporadically between other full time gigs) was funk-influenced, this is pure '70s styled retro funk. Think Earth, Wind & Fire, P-Funk, the Crusaders, Tower of Power, James Brown, Rufus with Chaka Khan, you get the idea. To further cement the old school feel, the band recorded with mics and tube compressors from the era. The result is nearly an hour of non-stop, predominantly instrumental, rump shaking jazz-funk fusion that, while obviously indebted to its predecessors, shimmers with a natural energetic groove of its own. These guys play off each other with enthusiasm and are clearly having a ball. All but two tunes are Lettuce compositions with drummer Adam Deitch (50 Cent, Talib Kweli, John Scofield) writing or co-writing eight selections. The three piece horn section gets all AWB on "Salute" and the band finds its Meters "Cissy Strut"-ing heart in "Speak E.Z." The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band's "Express Yourself" and Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up" make for two representative and slightly left-of-center covers that fit perfectly with the album's electric boogie vibe, but the rest of the self-penned tracks are nearly as good. The group borrows liberally from its forerunners but does so with such integrity and respect it's impossible to criticize Lettuce for ripping off the licks, lines and riffs of the '70s greats in their record collections. Rather, this is party music made to liven up any shindig and might also encourage some youngsters to search out the sources behind Lettuce's funky blasts. That seems to be at least part of the band's intent. The rest is just to have fun paying tribute to music that inspires them and hope the listener's feelings are mutual.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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