Last night Kelly and I saw the Roots play one of only a few dates out all year. Two shows in DC, a couple here, a couple there.
It was true freestylin’, a sincere and deep understanding of music played out as if they were playing a small club in Philly. These guys like (playing) live and live likes them.
The sincerity driven by a co-bass arrangement with a sousaphone and electric bass and accentuated by their flamboyant guitarist and expressive keyboardist (where was the other?).
All this rests under the voice and rhythm and it is from that interplay, that the actual voice of the band, or rather, the man who keeps the time, emerges.
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Brilliant musician. Fantastic night
How ’bout a little taste.