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Meshell Ndegeocello


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Beautiful & fierce experimental R&B/pop

Status:

Most recent release, Comet, Come to Me (2014)

See also:

Meshell Ndegeocello's site

Meshell Ndegeocello's Facebook page

Wikipedia's entry on Meshell Ndegeocello

Comparisons:

Is there anyone like her at all?

Covers/own material:

Own and co-written, with occasional covers

General comments:

A pioneer in experimental R&B, Meshell Ndegeocello writes emotional, changeable music that explores the edges of pop music and balances beauty and power. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams

Recordings:

  • Plantation Lullabies (1993)
  • Peace Beyond Passion (1996)
  • Bitter (1999)
  • Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape (2002)
  • Comfort Woman (2003)
  • The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel (2005)
  • The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams (2007)
  • Devil's Halo (2009)
  • Weather (2011)
  • Pour une âme souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone (2012)
  • Comet, Come to Me (2014)

Bitter

Release info:

1999—Maverick—9 47439-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Meshell Ndegeocello

Guest artists:

Abe Labdriel, Jr.
Doyle Bramhall II
Lisa Coleman
Chris Bruce Wendy Melvoin
Greg Leisz
David Torn
Ronny Drayton
Danny Sadownick
Biti Straug
Araf St. Michael
Joe Henry
Sandra Park
Sharon Yamata
Alan Stepansky
Robert Rinehart

Produced by:

Craig Street

Comments:

it's brilliant and heartbreaking, and makes me curl into the fetal position and want to cry. seriously. that good. 'fool of me' is absolutely perfect. (sketches@earthlink.net)

The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams

Release info:

2007—EmErcy

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Meshell Ndegeocello—vocals, bass, organ, guitar, hi-hat, drums, keyboards, various other instruments

Guest artists:

Hamza Yusuf—vocals (1)
Brandon Ross—guitar (1, 6)
Deantoni Parks—drums (2, 8, 9, 10)
Mike Severson—guitars (2, 12)
Daniel Jones—vocals (3)
Oliver Lake—saxophone (4)
James Newtom—flute (4, 5)
George McMullen—trombone (4)
Farenheit—intro vocals (5)
Hervé Sambe—guitar (5, 7, 9)
Rhamis Kent—guitar (5), drums (11)
Gilmar Gomes—percussion (5, 9)
Sy Smith—vocals (6, 9, 12, 13)
Amatus-Sami—programming (6)
Graham Haynes—cornet (6)
Davi Vieira—percussion (6, 7, 8)
Oumou Sangare—vocals (7)
Pat Metheny—guitar (7, 8)
Thandiswa Mazwai—vocals (8)
Doyle Bramhall—guitar (9)
David Gilmore—giutar (9)
Daniel Jones—keyboards (9), synths (12)
Scott Mann—additional keyboards and ambience (9)
Chad Royce—additional keyboards and ambience (9)
Jason Lindner—keyboards (10)
Jack Bean—spoken word (11)
Mark Kelley—bass (12)
Robert Glasper—piano (12)

Produced by:

Meshell Ndegeocello with Erk Dyba, Scott Mann & Chad Royce

Comments:

One of my top CDS of 2007. I'm a longtime fan, and this is her strongest yet. She keeps getting more and more artful and more tapped into her creative well, her art, her spirituality. This is a really really deep record that I'm only beginning to scratch the surface of. (timjy@sbcglobal.net)

Ack! Why did it take me three years to discover this album? I've been hearig about Meshell Ngegeocello for years and never followed through on tracking down her music. Now I'm embarrassed I've wasted so much time. This is a gorgeous evocative album encompassing a broad range but also creatively focused. It's experimental but also highly listenably based on rhythm and blues. The music and vocals are flowing and powerful. Don't be like me—check this out NOW. Highly, highly recommended. (Neile)


Comet, Come to Me

Release info:

2014—Naïve—NV831112

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Meshell Ndegeocello

Guest artists:

Jabin Bruni—keyboard performance and programming
Sylvester Earl Harvin—drums and percussion
Chris Bruce—guitar, bass (1)
Amp Fiddler—synth bass (1)
Doyle Bramhall—guitar and vocals (2, 3)
Jonathan Wilson—guitar (3, 6)
Gabe Noel—cello (6)
My Brightest Diamond—vocals (6)
Kaveh Rastegar—bass (9)

Produced by:

Smoke And Mirrors

Comments:

The mellow songs on this album I like a lot. What I can't stand is having to concentrate on different textures that don't have a commonality. Maybe I'm special that way, but it's extremely unnerving to me not knowing what direction the music is taking. May be some form of ADHD. Rating: 45/100. Best track: "Folie A Deux." (raschee@gmail.comm)

There are a lot of interesting sounds, but the album also feels kind of bipolar, swinging from one to the next. Maybe it feels more cohesive after enough listens, which I'm not interested enough to give it. I do really like the song "Good Day Bad" and the collaboration with My Brightest Diamond on the title track. (JoAnn Whetsell)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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