Questlove: Elvis Costello and the Roots Recorded ‘A Brilliant Album’
Elvis Costello clicked with the Roots so well during his various appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that a collaboration with them snowballed from one song to an entire album that seems like it will be ready for Record Store Day on April 20th.
Roots drummer Questlove recently talked with NYU Local about jamming with Costello in the Roots’ dressing room studio at Fallon and the album they made together. “After Elvis Costello’s third appearance, we liked him so much we were like, ‘Hey why don’t we make a record?'” said Questlove. “What went from being one song to be released on Record Store Day became ‘Why don’t we try four songs?’ Now we have a brilliant album.”
Questlove says he’s more than pleased with the nearly finished album, the title of which Costello wants to keep under wraps for now. “In the whole history of the Roots, I have never bragged on an album first, but I actually love this record,” Questlove said.
The drummer also said the Roots will start working with Al Green on his next album, and that he’s going to team with comedian Amy Schumer on a special. He’s teaching a course at NYU this semester called “Classic Albums,” and is currently working on D’Angelo’s long-awaited new album.