Behind the scenes footage of last year’s superjam at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival with D’Angelo and the Roots is finally here and it’s quite enlightening. Questlove details how the event, which culminated in the enigmatic D’Angelo’s first U.S. performance in a dozen years, came to be.
A “superjam” is a jam session where notable musicians from different bands play together for a one type only event. Quest revealed that he’s been in three so far; the first with revered bassist Pino Palladino of The Who (who was on the bass again last year) and Herbie Hancock and the second with John Paul Jones of Led Zepellin and Ben Harper.
In this first episode of the by Danny Clinch-directed film, besides discussing how the show was even made possible despite Quest’s insanely busy schedule, we see the the Roots and D’Angelo perform “My Summertime Thang” by The Time, which was penned by Prince. The rendition also features an incredible saxophone performance from Eric Leeds.
Presented by Bonnaroo 365, future episodes will include the band riffing on “Pride and Vanity” by the Ohio Players, “Hit It and Quit It” and “Funky Dollar Bill” by Parliament Funkadelic and “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” by the Beatles. Talk about an eclectic selection.
Check out the first 14-minute of “Questlove and D’Angelo SuperJam” below.