Pocket Practice #1 : Betty Wright and The Roots: The Movie

I ‘m gonna try posting in a more organised manner starting with a series of articles noted as “Pocket Practice”. This will be dedicated to records that are delightful examples of what we call “playing deep in the pocket”. You can playalong with them or simply have a focused listen and get inspired.

Post no.1 is again about ?uestlove and his band The Roots. It is a collaboration with the singer/songwriter, Betty Wright. Every track has a certain vibe from start to finish and the drums follow that throughout the record. A musically perfect example of loose, breathy and -above all- patient timekeeping. The production is awesome too.


Why Questlove? Because he is an academic. He represents the essence of true musicianship. Firstly as a person and then as a drummer. He can play, he can produce, he can lead a band, he can session and above all else the guy can talk.

He can actually inspire you to do things with your playing without even touching his sticks, and that’s something. This is a two-hour long interview he did explaining his background and history along with his introduction to J Dilla. Do yourself a favor and watch the whole thing. I suggest you do it in parts cause the info in this video takes some time to sink in.