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ALBUM REVIEW

Lettuce: Elevate

Read "Elevate" reviewed by Doug Collette

In what is perhaps an act of self-fulfilling purpose, Lettuce lives up to the title of this album, despite the fact it is not the same band that recorded Rage (Velour Recordings, 2008) or Fly (Velour Recordings, 2012). The current lineup is missing the two main instrumentalists from that pinnacle of progression: guitarist Eric Krasno and keyboardist Neal Evans are now devoting themselves to various and sundry projects including the revival of Soulive, so guitarist Adam “Shmeeans" Smirnoff remains the ...

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Lettuce: Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis

Read "Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis" reviewed by Doug Collette

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Lettuce: Mt. Crushmore

Read "Mt. Crushmore" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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 ...

LIVE REVIEW

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

Read "Lettuce & The Alan Evans Trio at Higher Ground, South Burlington, Vermont, 2013" reviewed by Doug Collette

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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