Written by: Geoff Tischman
Since 1992 Lettuce have been one of the best live bands on the planet.
The Boston outfit has four albums under their musical belts and their shows are always a funky blast of soulful grooves and musical virtuosity.
Playing the Capitol Theatre in New York (4/20) the band were joined by the Dean of Modern Jazz, John Scofield, and it was a spectacular collaboration.
Comprised of keyboardist/singer Nigel Hall, trumpet player Eric Bloom, drummer Adam Deitch, guitarist Adam Smirnoff, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, Lettuce were in fine form, rolling through their two sets with precision and ease.
“Blast Off” and “KHRU” were fabulous and the band’s cover of Miles Davis’ “Black Satin” in Set Two was unbelievably cool.
Their take on Scofield’s “Jungle Fiction” was pure magic and their take on Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up” was utterly rousing.