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Lettuce: Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis

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It's a daunting task but a laudable ambition to afford direct tribute to a musician as iconic as Miles Davis and a work of his equal in stature, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). But like the ensembles before them that revisited this bonafide classic, including the World Saxophone Quartet, Lettuce prove up to the task. In fact, the octet tender their homage, Witches Stew, in such a way it suggests 'The Man with the Horn,' were he still living, might well ...

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Lettuce: Mt. Crushmore

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The long-time jazz/funk band Lettuce has been referred to in terms that liken their sound to an evangelizing of funk and that is certainly a fitting descriptions for a good portion of their music. What the funk-laden descriptions obscure is that the blending of a strong jazz element makes this group unique. That aspect is largely driven by an enhanced reed and brass section some of whom perform elsewhere as The Shady Horns. The EP Mt. Crushmore is the sixth ...

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Lettuce & The Alan Evans Trio at Higher Ground, South Burlington, Vermont, 2013

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Lettuce & The Alan Evans TrioHigher GroundSouth Burlington, VermontSeptember 5, 2013Two of the most prominent members of an organization dubbed, with little false modesty, The Royal Family, Lettuce and The Alan Evans Trio are ideal tour mates, especially for the intimate environs of a venue like South Burlington's Higher Ground. While the music began past its billed start hour, the threesome headed by the once and future drummer of Soulive made up for lost time, ...


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