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Outta Here

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With their new Velour Recordings release, Outta Here, Lettuce comes raw: no fluff, nothing smooth, just hard funk.  The record combines the grit of the Meters, the harmonic textures of Herbie Hancock, and the hyper-tempo funk of live James Brown.  

Back in ‘92, the guys met at the Berklee summer program and were drawn together by their love of classic funk. Only 15 years old, they began taking over clubs and jam sessions in Boston, storming the stage whenever they could. Underage and with no gear, everywhere they went it was, "Let us borrow your drum kit" and simply "Let us play." And Lettuce (Let us) was born.  Since that summer, the guys have all had success -- Eric & Sam play with Soulive, Adam drums for AWB and the John Scofield Band, Erick produces for Sunshine Anderson, Ryan was a founding member of Rustic Overtones -- but they’ve all waited for this long-overdue reunion.

On the new record, Lettuce is joined by some of their heroes. Guitar great John Scofield rips on Flu the Coop and Back in Effect, to which Neal Evans of Soulive lends his B-3 chops. Trombone legend Fred Wesley lends some funk to the James Brown-inspired Superfred and the title track Outta Here.   

Despite the record’s title, Lettuce is anything but outta here.  The band is focused on their upcoming tour of the U.S. and Japan.  It’s been ten years in the making, but Lettuce’s bid to re-land the funk mothership on planet Earth has begun.

Review

Hard-edged funk colliding with smooth soul, Lettuce's Outta Here lets you get your funk on with their groovy, no nonsense style. -- Alex Steininger, In Music We Trust, July 2002

Old school with a dynamic new class. -- Dean Budnick, Relix, July/August 2002

Outta Here is the nastiest cut of straight-up, imitation-free, double-chunk funk this side of Drs. Brown and Clinton. -- Andy Barrett, Heckler, July, 2002

Swirling instrumental solos and dense harmonic flourishes … that reference ‘70s funk and contemporary hip-hop rhythms. -- Steve Graybow, Billboard, July 6, 2002


1. Outta Here
2. The Dump
3. Squadlive
4. Back In Effect
5. Twisted
6. Superfred
7. Reunion
8. The Flu
9. Nyack
10. Hang Up Your Hangups
11. Nyack (live)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 16, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Velour Recordings
  • ASIN: B0000695QJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Testa on February 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent album. Every song on this cd is great. However, two songs stand out above the rest. The title track, "Outta Here" and "Superfred" are the pinnacle of this album. It is no coincidence that these two tracks have a guest appearance by the incomparable Fred Wesley. Fred's trombone chops are unbelievably funky. On "Superfred" he matches the guitar chops lick for lick. This is just ridiculuous considering the man is playing a trombone. Despite what the other review says about Fred being a trumpeter, it is still accurate in the assessment of his skills. As for the rest of the band, I would compare it to Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (without the singing and slow songs) All the songs are uptempo and full of energy. There are excellent horn breakdowns and some very tasty guitar work from Eric Krasno of Soulive. The only thing I can say that this album lacks is more Hammond B3, but I'm a sucker for the organ so my opinion is a little biased. Otherwise this is good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wilton K. Elder on March 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I got Outta Here a few months back and can't stop listening to it. DAMN! I've been listening to Eric Krasno and Sam Kinneger in Soulive and Adam Deitch in John Scofield's band for the past few years, so I knew this disc was gonna be funky. Without a doubt, this group is continuing the vintage, ultra-funky heritage of James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton/PFunk/Parliament and Herbie Hancock/Headhunters. Dig it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Davis on January 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is what was supposed to happen to jazz funk. Following in the footsteps of those who werent afraid to step away from traditional jazz, Herbie Hancock, Reuben Wilson, etc.. - jazz, funk, hip-hop and soulful grooves. Just enough horns to sweeten it up. Get the "Lettuce - Live in Tokyo" release for the long ride home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Anderson on October 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Big Grooves in the Big Apple. Great stuff. If you like to groove and love funk and modern instrumental hip hop this is for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Cagle on September 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I found Lettuce by following the "others bought this" trail from Poets of Rythym to soullive to lettuce. These guys are great and though I can agree many of their flourishes are predictable, what funk isn't? Thats like saying all Blues music is the same!

Buy this if you like funk, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Kennedy on June 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Great CD if you like Funk.

Catch them live if you can.

Better live!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John C. Leffel on July 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Most of us familiar with the down-and-dirty grooves, serious jams, and exploratory willingness (not to mention serious jazz chops) that characterize groups like Soulive and the John Scofield band, knew what to expect from this long-awaited release: some serious FUNK in the JB's/Headhunters/ParliamentFunkadelic tradition. The folks at Velour did a good job of marketing their exciting upcoming releases, many of which revolve around members of Soulive, Lettuce, Topaz, and others, in the sampler distributed at recent shows (I snagged one at Soulive at the Apollo), which includes the track "Super Fred" from the current album, an homage to the trumpet impresario (there is a god and his name is Fred Wesley!)that rages in a style consistent with the overall product. Uncle Sco also joins in the fun, lending his guitar mastery to a couple of tracks. If you're a fan of serious funk music, this album is a no brainer; with some standard atmpospheric enhancements, this disc's a party waiting to happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IRate on January 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This shows a dichotomy of fleshed-out funk enveloped in cleanly outlined packaging, still totaling a fun but not entirely engrossing experience.
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