Lettuce to Rage! on 4/22


Lettuce, the seven-person all-star collective - featuring members of Robert Randolph's band, John Scofield's band and Soulive - returns to the funk-jazz forefront on April 22 with their new full length. Rage! is a tantalizing tribute to funk music - paying homage to all stripes of funksters, including James Brown, Sly Stone, Herbie Hancock, Tower of Power, The Meters, Earth Wind & Fire and Parliament/Funkadelic.

Stream "Blast Off"
Stream "Sam Huff's Flying Rage Machine"

It's music that reflects "our way of life," says bassist Erick "E.D." Coomes, who is joined in the groove onslaught by his co-ragers: guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff, drummer Adam Deitch, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonists Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis.

Lettuce sprouted in the fertile environment of Berklee College of Music in Boston where all members met at a summer music program when they were in their teens. All the members brought to the group different funk-styled influences. For example, Krasno was into the new jazz funk of Herbie Hancock, Deitch was raised on Tower of Power and Earth Wind & Fire and introduced that sound through his compositions to the band.

Later all Lettuce members, who had remained in contact with each other, returned to Berklee as full-fledged undergrads and picked up right where they left off. They were fond of showing up with their instruments at underground jazz clubs like Wally's (usually at other musicians' gigs) and asking, "Will you let us play?" — hence the birth of the name Lettuce. "We never thought that name would stick," says Krasno, "but we just never got around to changing it.

As for the wide range of funk Lettuce dives into on Rage!, E.D. cites two factors: the deaths in 2006 of both James Brown and J Dilla. "That's when we decided to tip our hats to every style of funk," he says. In addition to groove-steeped originals, Lettuce delivers two covers: Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up," with guest vocalist Dwele, and Charles Wright's "Express Yourself," with vocals by Kininger. It's music that represents "a new era," says Krasno. "We blend the old school with the new. We take solos but we also vamp on two-bar loops." Lettuce is a group that takes its dedication to the music seriously – as Deitch says, "Know your history and take it somewhere."

Rage! Track List
Blast Off
Sam Huff's Flying Rage Machine
Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
King of the Burgs
Need to Understand
Last Suppit
Makin' My Way Back Home
Express Yourself (Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band)
By Any Shmeeans Necessary
Bonus Track: Mr. Yancey

Lettuce Tour Dates
02/29/08 Fri Sullivan Hall New York, NY
03/01/08 Sat Sullivan Hall New York, NY
05/08/08 Thu Club Metronome Burlington, VT
05/09/08 Fri The Big Easy Portland, ME
05/10/08 Sat Harpers Ferry Allston, MA

[Published on: 2/28/08]

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okalrightic Thu 2/28/2008 09:38AM
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cant wait, this band is fire

SKSmith66 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 09:47AM
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Adam Deitch is one of the funkiest drummers alive. these shows should be amazing.

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kick ass!!!

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yeah he is Smith.. why the hell did he leave garaj mahal???

I mean I like Alan Hertz,but I thought adam was super too!!!

Fhirtzel Thu 2/28/2008 10:16AM
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When is the Next West coast tour? Bring it!

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 10:17AM
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Headed to see them saturday night at Sullivan hall in the City. Cannot WAIT!

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 10:43AM
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SO pumped!

interviewed soulive last week in ithaca and kraz mentioned this.

looking forward to it!

whoknowswhy Thu 2/28/2008 11:12AM
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Bring on the JazzFest dates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bagofunk starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 11:35AM
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Ive been watiing a long time for this. Dirtiness with a capital D.

spun'dun'git'r starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 11:36AM
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hell yea sullivan hall, ill be there on 229. this cd is bound to kick lots of ass

jdub104 Thu 2/28/2008 12:16PM
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Oh man those tracks sound nasty...can't wait for this album, though I thought it was originally supposed to come out in mid March.

Please do a west coast tour!!

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 12:36PM
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Fuck, both Sullivan Hall shows sold out, atleast they just announced a May 7th show at the Bowery.

msb696 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 01:37PM
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Hot shit. I hope they do a full tour. Bring 'em to All Good!

jamrad Thu 2/28/2008 02:18PM
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no west coast dates? what's up with that? come to the left coast please.

happydestiny starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/28/2008 02:33PM
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'Goin out west where they appreciate me' that line rings true for us western folks. please come out this way guys... or book a show at rothbury...throw me a friggin bone here guys

thedude2004 starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/29/2008 01:58PM
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Bringing the FUNK to Maine of all places!!! Hell yes!! It will be a home town show for Ryan Zoidis. I saw Lettuce open for the Rustic Overtones in Portland about 10 years ago when they were putting out records/playing together more and their dirty filthy funk caught me. I've been a funk fanatic ever since.

manlejo starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/29/2008 06:00PM
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listening to this band for the first time ever right now-




FunkfunkFunkalicious Gosh Derned I love the funk.

carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/1/2008 09:56AM
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These guys are the shiz. And this album is looking to be better than Lettuce - Outta Here. Although "Hang Up Your Hangups" is hard to top.

phish0 starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/2/2008 09:51AM
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If Tim Walther's people are looking at this they better take note!!!! Sign these guys to Allgood and bring us some FUNK!!!!!!!!!!

CountFunkula starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/6/2008 07:20PM
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sullivan hall was was off the chains

You Fail starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/20/2008 05:02PM
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You Fail