Lehman, who is originally from France, moved to New York in 1995 and started Desco Records with partner Gabriel Roth, releasing limited edition funk-soul-boogaloo recordings from '70s survivors like Lee Fields, Sharon Jones, and Neal Sugarman.
After Desco dissolved in late 2000, Lehman linked up with Silverman to form Soul Fire. The label continues in approximately the same direction as Desco, shepherding well-pedigreed funk musicians into their studios and recording hard-hitting James Brown-inspired jams. Needless to say, when it comes to recording, these guys put a huge emphasis on lo-fi, analog quality in order to get the roughest, most authentic sound possible. Check out the results at Nitty Gritty, a monthly event at Touch that debuts this week, with Lehman and Silverman blazing through a set that's sure to include some Soul Fire cuts and plenty of funk and soul classics.