Friday, February 18, 2011
The Roots occupy a strange place in music right now. They spent the 90's trying to make it as a critical favorite, the last decade dealing with label issues and personnel changes, and now have a regular gig as Jimmy Fallon's house band, the reputation as one of the best live bands in the world, guest spots on dozens of albums, and a tuba player. It's a strange career arc, by all means. Filmmakers Cam Be and Jeff Baraka tried to capture in nine minutes what makes the group so noteworthy, and although I'm still a little bitter that The Roots canceled a scheduled show at the Rialto nearly a decade ago at the last minute, the result is definitely worth watching.