With Don Was, Elvis Costello and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in the same room, talk of music is inevitable, and it's sure to be seasoned with respect, history, and even a drop-in by Dave Chappelle. Together within the hallowed walls of Electric Lady Studios, their conversation turned to another meeting of musical minds: Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost.
To take care of introductions, Don Was is the President of Blue Note Records, with a long history as a producer and musician. Producer and veteran drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson holds down the groove for The Roots and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. And Elvis Costello? Few artists possess such a varied and vital legacy.
With Don as moderator and the album's co-producer Steve Mandel hiding in the audience, Ahmir and Elvis each told us their stories of the how, why and wisdom of Wise Up Ghost.