The Roots | A great, very great visit…

Philadelphia collective The Roots were given a mandate Saturday night to perform 10 days of a 42nde Jazz generously in sunshine and warming music. The hip-hop roadsters, reuniting after more than a decade, paid tribute to the big names in funk, rap, disco, soul and R&B in unrelenting orchestral fire.

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Charles Eric Blais Poulin

Charles Eric Blais Poulin
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Anyone who has been to the Place des Festivals will remember it for a long time. They couldn’t breathe for a nanosecond, being swept along by the quickdraw of Tariq Trotter (Black Thought) and his band of experts for nearly two hours.

About two-thirds of the tracks played on the big stage were deconstructed borrowings, mixed and reworked in an orchestral hip-hop style. The singer, clad in a white tracksuit and beige fedora, quickly pocketed the monster crowd as he fed his keep busy (2008) very funk Jungle Boogie signed Kool & the Gang. “Down, down / Down, down. »


Saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith and trumpeter Dave Guy

The horn section, The Roots’ most important jazz guarantor, quickly offered its first thrills and didn’t want to stop.

It was particularly necessary to see the athletic tuba Gooding Jr. leap with his by definition oversized sousaphone and hear Dave Guy scream on his triumphant trumpet.

Add in saxophone, transverse flute (Ian Hendrickson-Smith), keytar, guitar (Captain Kirk Douglas) and bass (Mark Kelley) and it was all set for an sonic discharge unparalleled in contemporary hip-hop.

an accident? Between keyboardists Kamel Gray and James Poyser, the inimitable drummer Questlove – and co-founder of The Roots – set the rhythm on an elevated platform. Surgical, omniscient, metronomic: it was his throne.

Lose the thread

Sometimes The Roots invites you are the one for me by the funk duo D. Train. Just a moment, he invites Soul Makossa, catchphrase by Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango borrowed – looted? – by Michael Jackson, then Rihanna. It will be immediately think againby Erikah Badu and View of the front doorfrom Main Source, which will be eligible for a very “Rootian” merger.

Halfway, the series of songs What they do, next move and Act too (The love of my life)the last two from the legendary things fall apart (1999), was able to satisfy fans with the original contents of the Philadelphia training.

The order of the songs no longer mattered; it would be a rolling fire of back and forth, soulful winks, jazz jams, cuts and recuts, all welded together by the sure and fast flow of Black Thought and the esprit de corps of the musicians, risking a light choreography here and there in the Foreground.


The audience was filled on this last evening of the festival.

Based on his experience with house band (House Band) at Jimmy Fallon, the band formed in 1987 knows how to get back on their feet. It’s good Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), which guitarist Kirk Douglas sang in his allotted confusing rock segment.

What an evening that was! A perfect end to a festival brought back to life after a two year latency! The presence of The Roots in Montreal, the only Canadian stop at the heart of their American summer tour, was offered as a gift to festival-goers to get carried away, rock and warm up faster than ever, both from the sun and from the sun through the Music.

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