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Funk - Released May 8, 2020 | Round Hill Records

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Funk - Released November 6, 2015 | Lettuce Records

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Funk - Released June 14, 2019 | Lettuce Records

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Jazz - Released June 5, 2012 | Velour Recordings - Frontline

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Soul - Released December 28, 2004 | Lettuce Records

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Pop - Released May 24, 2019 | Lettuce Records

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Funk - Released June 14, 2019 | Lettuce Records

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released October 13, 2017 | Lettuce Records

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Funk - Released March 11, 2016 | Lettuce Records

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Funk - Released January 1, 2008 | Velour Records

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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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Jazz - Released May 3, 2011 | Velour Recordings-Catalog

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Jazz - Released January 25, 2011 | Velour Recordings-Catalog

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Soul - Released April 2, 2014 | Lettuce Records

Funk - Released January 1, 2002 | Velour Records

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Lettuce is the group that began the careers of several noted "jam band" musicians: Eric Krasno of Soulive, Adam Deitch of the John Scofield Band, Adam Smirnoff of the Squad, Jeff Bhayshk of Kudu, Ryan Zoidis of Rustic Overtones, and Eric Coomes, now a Los Angeles-based producer. Outta Here is essentially a reunion project featuring these players and several special guests, including trombonist Fred Wesley, Soulive organist Neal Evans, and John Scofield himself. Toni Smith also contributes an alluring R&B vocal on "Twisted." Although the album is overly reliant on funk clichés, there are some captivating moments, mostly toward the end of the disc. The groove on "Nyack" is something else -- so good that a bonus live version closes out the disc, giving the listener a good sense of what the band does on stage (hint: it cooks). Keep the disc playing and you'll hear a 45-second snippet of horns and drums getting down as well. © David R. Adler /TiVo
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Funk - Released April 19, 2019 | Lettuce Records

Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released September 28, 2017 | Lettuce Records

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