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Lettuce

Lettuce is a New York-based funk band whose members have become individually successful as well. The collective's driving, goodtime party music and magnetic live performances have been witnessed on recordings and radio programs, in clubs and concert halls, and on festival stages all over the globe. Its founding members include guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnof, keyboardist Neal Evans, drummer Adam Deitch, saxophonists Ryan Zoidis and Sam Kininger, and bassist Erick "E.D." Coomes.

Lettuce got together in 1992 while still in their teens. They were attending a summer program at Boston's Berklee College of Music and were drawn together by a mutual love of Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, and jazz funk acts like Headhunters. Staying in touch and informally jamming together over the next year, they reassembled formally in 1994 upon returning to Berklee as undergrads. A live set was put together and members went door to door at jazz clubs asking owners to "let us play." Their name derives from those origins.

Lettuce eventually got their chance. They made good on it with fine material and an energetic live show. They got lots of local work. As word spread, they also built a reputation in New York first, and eventually in San Francisco and Tokyo. They toured as much as possible for the next eight years. In the interim, Krasno, Evans, and Kininger formed the groove trio Soulive -- a Lettuce brother band. Deitch is a member of Break Science, and has played with everyone from John Scofield and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli and Wyclef Jean. Coomes, a California native, is a noted producer, musical director for Anthony Hamilton's band, and a touring bassist for Britney Spears and the Game. Veteran trumpeter Rashawn Ross (another Berklee alum) joined the band as a part-time member (he was already working as a touring musician elsewhere). The group issued Live in Tokyo, recorded at Japan's Blue Note. Lettuce toured whenever feasible, given its members' other commitments, making their shows bona fide events.

Rage! was issued in 2009. Also receiving nearly universal critical notice, it only served to enhance the band's reputation on the live circuit -- especially when they played as part of a one-two punch with Soulive. Kininger left both groups in 2010.

Ross became a full-time member of Dave Matthews Band, and was replaced by full-time trumpeter Eric "Benny" Bloom in 2011. In 2012, Lettuce released Fly. The album featured an extended reading of War's classic "Slipping Into Darkness," and offered a moving and sophisticated tribute to the legendary New Orleans arranger and composer Zigaboo Modeliste entitled "Ziggawatt." Another track, "Jack Flask," offered on record what the band had been exploring live for some time: an emergent post-psychedelic influence.

Lettuce played with the Soul Rebels Brass Band on Jam Cruise 2013 and eventually re-entered the recording studio with co-producer/engineer Joel Hamilton. They brought in Ross as a second trumpeter. Crush featured a guest vocal appearance from Alecia Chakour on a wild update of Bobbie Gentry's “He Made a Woman Out of Me,” offering the band's first recorded nod to EDM. The rest of the set mixed bass-heavy funk and groove jazz, hip-hop beats, and guitar- and keyboard-heavy psychedelia. Crush was released in November of 2015 and hit the top spot on U.S. Jazz Albums charts. ~ Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fly

1. Fly

2. Lettsanity

3. Ziggowatt

4. Madison Square

5. Bowler

6. Jack Flask

7. Do It Like You Do

8. Play

9. Let It Gogo

10. Slippin Into Darkness

11. The Crusher

12. Ghost Of Jupiter

13. Monorail 3000

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Track List: Rage!

1. Blast Off

2. Sam Huff's Flying Raging Machine

3. Move On Up

4. King Of The Burgs

5. Need To Understand

6. The Last Suppit

7. Dizzer

8. Makin' My Way Back Home

9. Salute

11. Express Yourself

12. Relax

13. By Any Schmeeans Necessary

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Track List: Live In Tokyo

1. Intro (Live)

4. The Dump (Live)

5. Kron Dutch (Live)

6. Reunion (Live)

8. 4 On 6 (Live)

9. Squadlive (Live)

10. Breakout Reprise (Live)

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Track List: Outta Here

1. Outta Here

2. The Dump

3. Squadlive

4. Back In Effect

5. Twisted

6. Superfred

7. Reunion

8. The Flu

9. Nyack

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Track List: Crush

1. The Force

2. Get Greasy

3. Chief

5. Phyllis

6. Sounds Like A Party

7. The Lobbyist

9. Trillogy

10. Pocket Change

11. The New Reel

13. He Made A Woman Out Of Me

14. Silverdome

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Track List: Don't Be Afraid To Try (Instrumental) (Single)

1. Don't Be Afraid To Try (Instrumental)

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Track List: Don't Be Afraid To Try (Single)

1. Don't Be Afraid To Try

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Track List: He Made A Woman Out Of Me (Single)

1. He Made A Woman Out Of Me

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Track List: Yakitori (Single)

1. Yakitori

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PEACE FRENCHY

Niiiice. Crazy NICE tune. GREAT musicians. Jammning
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Love these dudes. I think Krasno is no longer in band though so me sad bout that.
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Bringin' back the Funk!
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Smokin you got my groove
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Love the whole feel and energy of Move On Up. Fun!
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IPhone I phone IPhone iPhone iPhone pink
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LONG Jump ah ah ah you fly yet power hug boy up did DVD name Bus hey hut at the house up did to by they type in Kyan hi long try to in TNT no too by they type in TNT no too by you fly yes eyes come Over Back Ball Mommy home!
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Sad day for you, ,,,,,!!
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MUSIC IS CHEERFUL YUSSS!
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Happy radio yes
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High energy sound, fell like I'm on pyote
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they need a bio.... thanks for coming to Missoula MT ....funked my face off
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Such great music! Pandora has definitely helped me discover great music and artists.
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Love it
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i like it
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Lettuce is for Life and life is for L
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Leslie's, wah wah's, tight horns, funk'd base and a beat that'll break yo neck. Oomph! Too good.
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Camp barefoot you was awesome, thank u
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crofty98
They ROCKED NorCal in July!
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Lockn 2014! Can't wait!
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These guys are NASTY!
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When the world ends there will be Lettuce everywhere! Saw at Red Rocks May 17th...Let the funk come forth!
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Adam Deitch on drums. Nobody gets a room moving like Deitch.
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I LIKE
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Lettuce get down
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These cats get it done !!!!!! X tight band !!!!
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Get down with the get down.
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Got a soulful sound
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Will get on down
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I am feelin this here joint
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Funk remixed
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One of my fav's
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Tight and solid. Much love to ya
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Move On Up...LOVE THIS!
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joelhankins5 4
Live @ 1904 In Jacksonville tonight!!!!
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great grooves on this album. tunes need more development in the melody writing and in the solo sections. i do like it.
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jessi758
Lettuce- turnip- beats. Gotta love those veggies!
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That is some Chunky Groove!
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Wow. Like Herbie Hancock on Meth. I've always liked this song. Surprised the similar artists section doesn't list Herbie. It's his song from the Man-Child LP
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Such a great band!!!
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I love the tempo of the song
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They are members of another band. Soulive. Check em out!!
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jthetunes
Gettn down ta some lettuce funky ness... love it
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Thanks Pandora! What a great find. Love thes guys.
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I do like this stuff, especially the song superfred. I just wish there was a biogrophy on these guys.
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r055t
came up on my Medeski, Martin, and Wood playlist, good music! now I just have to convince people, the band Lettuce is worth listening to even if it does have a weird name
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windshieldme d i c
Mmmm. Lettuce! Now that is some real music, and props to Adam Deitch on the drums. . . . not too much and never late!
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They all met at Berkeley College of Music in Boston in the 90s - the name came from them asking for gigs - Let us play. Includes 2 of 3 members of Soulive. Mostly based in NYC now. New album is on the way soon. Check out www.royalfam i l y r e c o r d s . c o m /
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Very cool music!
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if you ain't boppin' to this, your dead
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