GRAMMY-nominated funk-jazz-soul-hip-hop-psychedelic-jam-experimental titans Lettuce will release their 48-minute continuous session of pure, free-flowing music entitled VIBE on digital streaming platforms worldwide Friday, November 17th. The release was previously only available on a limited run of vinyl.
On VIBE, Lettuce cement their status as boundary-pushing innovators over three decades into their lauded career, blurring the lines and smashing up jazz chords, psychedelic passages, big horns, strains of soul and go-go, hip-hop elements for an uplifting, improvisational sound all their own. Ryan Zoidis explains, “This recording happened during the sessions for Resonate. We had just finished tracking what we had planned on.” He continues, “We got into a vibe and we hit record. 48 minutes went by like a blink of an eye. This is our first purely improvised recording. Nothing planned, nothing edited or overdubbed. This is a true spontaneous musical expression captured in its entirety.”
As Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff calls it, “VIBE is a journey into the universe of psychedelic improvisation."
A powerhouse collective made up of world-class master musicians, the members of Lettuce – Adam Deitch (drums, percussion, arrangement), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar), Erick “Jesus” Coomes (bass), Ryan Zoidis (alto, baritone, tenor sax, Korg X-911), Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet, horns) and Nigel Hall (vocals, Hammond B-3, Rhodes, clavinet, keyboards) – are also some of the most highly sought-after musicians in the industry with resumes that read like a who’s who in hip-hop, pop, and beyond, working and performing with everyone from Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Questlove, Justin Timberlake, The Fugees, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Britney Spears, Gary Clark Jr., Skrillex, Solange, and so many more. Lettuce’s ever-evolving, genre-bending musical palette and growing catalog has drawn acclaim from NPR, New York Times, Consequence, Billboard, Brooklyn Vegan, Earmilk, HipHopDX, Relix, and more.
To celebrate the first-ever digital release of VIBE, Lettuce has announced a national tour with support from GRAMMY-nominated, Afro-Cuban Rockstar Cimafunk on select dates. Tickets are on sale to the public at 10 am local time on Friday, November 17th.
Feb 1 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
Feb 2 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Casino
Feb 3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo
Feb 4 - Tucson, AZ - Gem & Jam Festival
Feb 7 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
Feb 8 - Fort Collins, CO - Washington’s
Feb 9 - La Vista, NE - The Astro
Feb 10 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
Feb 13 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge
Feb 14 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre
Feb 15 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Feb 16 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Feb 17 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater
Feb 20 - Winston Salem, NC - The Ramkat *
Feb 21 - Roanoke, VA - Jefferson Center *
Feb 22 - Columbia, SC - The Senate
Feb 23 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live *
Feb 24 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
*with support from Cimafunk