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Live In Love

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With 'Live in Love', trumpeter-composer-arranger Philip Lassiter mixes socio-political messaging with humorous, earthy storytelling and some forays into old school funk and P-Funk. Along with detours into one-drop reggae, an eerie hoodoo number (the J Dilla-D'Angelo flavoured "Babayaga") and a dreamy, romantic love song. Lassiter's album is a triumph of deep groove, swaggering horns and soul-stirring vocal performances.

Featuring on vocals the likes of Jonathan Hoard, Mariah Meshae, Charles Jones, Durand Bernarr, Mackenzie, LaVance Colley, Munir Hossn, Elliott Yamin and Lassiter's wife Josje (aka Josephine Rojer). The title track also features a vocal duet between Josje and 22x Latin Grammy-winning legend Juan Luis Guerra.

On board for this ride into the funkosphere are fellow musicians; keyboardist David Paich (of Toto), bassist Mono Neon (of Prince), Leopard label mates keyboardist Bobby Sparks, drummer Robert "Sput" Searight and Mark Lettieri (all of Snarky Puppy), saxophonist Jeff Coffin (of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and the Dave Matthews Band), label mate organist Ricky Peterson (of David Sanborn, Prince, and George Benson), drummer Nikki Glaspie (of Beyonce, Maceo Parker, and Dumpstaphunk) and string arranging genius Simon Novsky.

With one foot firmly planted in old school funk, Lassiter confidently strides somewhere else on each of the ten tracks of 'Live in Love'. "You hear a lot of hip hop blended with jazz nowadays and also neo-soul blended with jazz," he said. "But, I don't know that I've heard a whole lot of large ensemble neo-soul/hip-hop/jazz. That's what we do."


  1. Name
  2. Make America Love Again
  3. Poof
  4. Suga Coat Me
  5. Take A Little Time
  6. Light Me Up
  7. Babayaga
  8. Love Story
  9. Repent
  10. Root Chakra
  11. Live In Love

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