[Cover photo credit to Kory Thibeault]
Drummer Adam Deitch has been keeping busy, having been instrumental in Lettuce’s eighth studio album Unify, releasing a Hip-Hop beats album Take Your Time, and now returning with the second LP release from his Soul-Jazz project The Adam Deitch Quartet, titled Roll The Tape.
Arriving via Deitch’s imprint Golden Wolf Records on November 10, 2023, the forthcoming album taps into a broad spectrum of styles.
For the album, Deitch is joined by organist Wil Blades, Lettuce cohorts Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet, and Ryan Zoidis on saxophone. The album’s second single “Play On Playa” is out now.
“Play On Playa” tips its hat to Soulive, the New York-based organ trio comprised of Eric Krasno (guitar), Neal Evans (organ & keyboards), and Alan Evans (drums) who have been a big part of the modern Funk and Soul revival scene since their inception in 1999.
I owe so much to Soulive for introducing me to organ trio music. They’ve really helped mold the careers of both Lettuce and myself into who we are today.
The quartet was formed when Adam Deitch and Wil Blades joined forces to play a last-minute late-night show at Boom Boom Room in San Francisco after Lettuce performed at The Fillmore, and Tedeschi Truck Band performed at Bill Graham Civic Center in December 2013.
The after-show featured an array of special guests including Zoidis and Bloom along with Eric Krasno (Soulive), Maurice “Mo Betta” Brown (Anderson .Paak), and James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) and Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band).
After additional performances at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and some one-offs, Deitch knew the project had to continue and took the reigns to get the group in the studio.
Deitch comments on their dynamic:
Wil and I are both basketball fans and homies. He is highly skilled with the organ pedals and lefthand bass and is super smart and easy to work with. Zoidis and Bloom always balance each other out with Zoidis bringing a psychedelic vibe with his effects and Benny bringing his wild, crazy Benny attitude as a great musician with great showmanship.