Monday was a night of great music as Living Colour and Fishbone's Angelo Moore joined The Roots at their regular jam session at NYC's Highline Ballroom.
Living Colour got things rolling with a short, three-song set–"Cult of Personality" (natch!) and two songs from the upcoming album, "Behind the Sun" and "Bless Those". Angelo Moore aka Dr. Madd Vibe was all manic energy, but did a great job at adding color to songs with either the sax, his voice, or his theremin.
Overall, I think the lasting impact of The Roots Jams are to reassert the primacy of musicianship. This was the first one of this long-running series that I've been to, but I can't help thinking that the addition of musicians on the level of Living Colour and Angelo Moore–along with folks like keyboardist Gene Williams and vocalist Maya Azucena–raised the already-high level of musicianship another notch.
Bravo to all involved!
You can check out additional shots from the night on my Flickr page .