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Dub Trio Returns with “The Shape of Dub To Come”
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Dub Trio Returns with “The Shape of Dub To Come”

Stu Brooks and Dub Trio have just released their fifth album, entitled “The Shape of Dub to Come.” A play on the groundbreaking Ornette Coleman album “The Shape of Jazz to Come,” as well as The Refused’s “The Shape of Punk to Come,” the record is also experimental in its approach to the style.

Meshell Ndegeocello Anchors Angélique Kidjo’s “Celia”
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Meshell Ndegeocello Anchors Angélique Kidjo’s “Celia”

Vocalist Angélique Kidjo’s new album, “Celia,” is a tribute to salsa queen Celiz Cruz, but it’s more than an album of covers. Kidjo brings out the African influences of the Cuban-born singer’s music, thanks in part to bassist Meshell Ndegeocello.

Reverend Guitars Announces Meshell Ndegeocello Fellowship Bass in New Finish
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Reverend Guitars Announces Meshell Ndegeocello Fellowship Bass in New Finish

Four years ago, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello teamed up with Reverend Guitars to unveil a signature instrument called the Fellowship Bass. Now the jet black instrument will be available in a new red, black, and green color scheme. Ndegeocello chose the design in honor of Lumumba, the African leader credited with freeing The Congo from Belgium in 1960. A portion of...

Meshell Ndegeocello Covers Her Influences On “Ventriloquism”
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Meshell Ndegeocello Covers Her Influences On “Ventriloquism”

Meshell Ndegeocello’s style is so singular that she owns every song she performs. That includes the tracks on her latest album, Ventriloquism, which features eleven covers that pay tribute to her diverse influences. “Early on in my career, I was told to make the same kind of album again and again, and when I didn’t do that, I lost support,”...

Meshell Ndegeocello: AOL Sessions
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Meshell Ndegeocello: AOL Sessions

I remember this incredible AOL Session with Meshell Ndegeocello from 2002. It went missing for some time, but it has now resurfaced. I especially love her performance of “Faithful,” which happens around the 12:34 mark of this video. Thanks to my good friend Ted Gould for sharing this!

Your Top 10 Bass Albums
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Your Top 10 Bass Albums

Q: I’m curious. What are your top 10 bass albums. What albums do you think everybody should hear? A: I hesitated to answer this because of the inherently subjective nature of the question. My top 10 albums are not likely to coincide with yours, but I ultimately decided that for that reason alone, I should answer the question! Maybe I’ll...

Meshell Ndegeocello: See Line Woman
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Meshell Ndegeocello: See Line Woman

Meshell Ndegeocello is a Nina Simone fan. Here’s Meshell and her band performing “See Line Woman”, which is a traditional American folk song originally that appeared on Simone’s Broadway-Blues-Ballads. Meshell’s version of the tune appeared on her tribute album to Simone, Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”). So great to see this performed live.

Meshell Ndegeocello: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
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Meshell Ndegeocello: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Today is Meshell Ndegeocello’s birthday, so we wanted to celebrate with another video by the talented bassist/vocalist. In this clip, Meshell performs a cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. The song was written for Nina Simone, who recorded it in 1964. A year later, The Animals released their hit version. Meshell makes it groove.

All-Female Album Project Features Top Bassists
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All-Female Album Project Features Top Bassists

Terri Lyne Carrington’s 2011 The Mosaic Project was an album with an all-female superstar lineup of musicians. Her latest, The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul, is another all-female affair. This time out, the Grammy-winning jazz drummer and composer (she’s known for her work with a slew of artists, including bassist Esperanza Spalding) the roster includes some impressive bassists: Meshell Ndegeocello,...

Meshell Ndegeocello: Dr. Strange
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Meshell Ndegeocello: Dr. Strange

Wow, check out this performance by Meshell Ndegeocello at the 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival. The tune is “Dr. Strange,” and the bass line is killer.