Bilal Gets Jazzy With Steely Dan’s ‘Black Cow’ On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

As much as I'm looking forward to the return of Arsenio Hall to late-night television and the prospect of more R&B, soul and hip-hop acts getting some much-needed network TV shine, I have to say that Late Night with Jimmy Fallon holds it down lovely with giving artists who I actually want to see perform some after hours airtime. Whether they are the featured musical guest or sit in with house band The Roots (which is a win from jump), you can turn on Jimmy Fallon most nights and be entertained. Last night was no different with Bilal returning to the program after shutting it down with Talib Kweli a few weeks ago, this time to lend his voice to The Legendary Roots Crew. Hearing Bilal sing us into and out of the commercial breaks may not have been as hearty a meal as a full performance, but it was a nice post-midnight snack nonetheless. And if you just so happen to still be hungry for more after last night, then you're in luck with this unaired performance of him singing Steely Dan's classic "Black Cow." Filmed on a stationary camera, Bilal and The Roots jazz it up and sound excellent together. Once again, I would not be mad if all these cats hopped into the studio to actually cut this record -- or even collaborate on an album, if that's not being too greedy -- but watching this on repeat will just have to tide me over in case that never happens.

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