TIR 144: Lettuce Guitarist Smirnoff Inspired by Funk’s Salad Days

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Featured in TIR Episode 144: Adam Smirnoff, guitarist and co-founder of the tremendous funk-jazz-soul pocket groove machine known as Lettuce!

Since 2002, the group has released seven studio and two live albums, as well as an EP. These have been a Godsend for fans of authentic, horn-driven, primarily instrumental funk-jazz, rife with influences from Herbie Hancock to the Meters to the Crusaders to the JB’s and beyond.

Lettuce just released its new 2020 album, Resonate, that includes a go-go music collaboration with Trouble Funk’s Big Tony Fisher (“Checker Wrecker”) and a tribute to late, great jazz-funk drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (“Ndugu”).

The band’s 2019 album, Elevate, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart and iTunes R&B Albums Chart, and it also received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

RECORDED APRIL 2020

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