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  • Reverend Guitars Announces Meshell Ndegeocello Fellowship Bass in New Finish

    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... »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello Covers Her Influences On “Ventriloquism”

    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... »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello: AOL Sessions

    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

    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... »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello: See Line Woman

    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... »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

    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

    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... »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Dr. Strange

    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. »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Pink Moon

    Meshell Ndegeocello: Pink Moon

    Earlier this year, Meshell Ndegeocello went into The Boombox’s studio for Off the Record. One of the performances of that session was her cover of Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” – the title track from Drake’s last album. In 1974, Drake committed suicide at the age of 26. During his short career, he wasn’t able to... »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello Announces U.S. and European Tour Dates

    Meshell Ndegeocello Announces U.S. and European Tour Dates

    Meshell Ndegeocello has announced a handful of U.S. tour dates in addition to her global trek in support of her latest release, Comet, Come to Me. The state-side tour begins September 16th at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland before heading west and eventually hitting a handful of cities on the West Coast. Ndegeocello’s European... »