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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Roots have helped shape the sound of hip hop for nearly 20 years. Now, they're releasing a brand new concept album, called “Undun." Today, we get a preview when drummer, Twitter guru and late-night tv personality ?uestlove stops by the studio. Plus, a live performance from jazz guitarist and composer John Scofield.

The Roots Come "Undun"

Hip hop’s preeminent backing band, The Roots, continues its relentless schedule. They provide the oomph on soul singer Betty Wright’s latest solo album. They deliver laughs as the house band on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (not to mention some controversy, after their recent intro music for Rep. Michele Bachmann). And next week, they’re set to release a concept album called “Undun.” Founding member and drummer ?uestlove joins us with a preview.

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In Studio: John Scofield

Jazz guitarist and composer John Scofield stops by our studio in the midst of a six-night run at the Blue Note to talk about working alongside the likes of Miles Davis and Charles Mingus early in his career – and his recent contemplative release, called “A Moment’s Peace.”  Plus, he and his band perform live.

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Playlist: ?uestlove: ? and A + John Scofield

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Nate Wooley

Gig Alert: Nate Wooley Quintet

Nate Wooley's quintet performs at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Gowanus on Wednesday night. Download "Ethyl," off of the group's debut album, Nate Wooley Quintet: (Put Your) Hands Together.

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