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The seven musicians that make up the New York funk jazz group Lettuce first started playing together 19 years ago at a Berklee College of Music summer camp in Boston.
Lettuce took root, and since then bass player Erick "E.D." Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonists Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis, guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff and drummer Adam Deitch have been playing their funk-inspired music out several times a year.
"All these guys were into music the way I was, and it happened that we were all playing the right instruments to put together a band," said Krasno.
"Blast Off" comes from the band's third album Rage!, a funk-filled record that the band says was heavily influenced by the 2006 deaths of James Brown and J Dilla. Download the song above or catch Lettuce playing its groovy tunes Wednesday night at Brooklyn Bowl with The Nigel Hall Band as part of the second annual Royal Family Holiday Rage.