The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel

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Meshell Ndegeocello calls The Spirit Music Jamia her vision of spiritual groove music -- improvisation featuring jazz and soul legends and luminaries. The genre-splicing performer says the pieces here were influenced by life, Miles Davis, Kool Herc, Carl Sagan and holy scripture.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Filling the roles of central artist, composer, and director, Meshell Ndegeocello takes a left turn with Dance of the Infidel, a very loose affair that nonetheless flows with a natural grace. It is, for the most part, a jazz album, indicated by a shifting lineup that includes Jack DeJohnette, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, and Kenny Garrett, along ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Meshell Ndegeocello calls The Spirit Music Jamia her vision of spiritual groove music -- improvisation featuring jazz and soul legends and luminaries. The genre-splicing performer says the pieces here were influenced by life, Miles Davis, Kool Herc, Carl Sagan and holy scripture.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Filling the roles of central artist, composer, and director, Meshell Ndegeocello takes a left turn with Dance of the Infidel, a very loose affair that nonetheless flows with a natural grace. It is, for the most part, a jazz album, indicated by a shifting lineup that includes Jack DeJohnette, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, and Kenny Garrett, along with vocal turns from Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway, and Sabina Sciubba. The album is bound to challenge a good number of Ndegeocello's fans particularly the ones with limited interest or familiarity with the form, but they needn't feel as if they're in over their heads. Little cracks in the bassist's past work have opened up to be fully explored -- it's hardly a 180, with her warm, bobbing bass adaptable to any context. And since the album is split almost evenly between sprawling 12-minute pieces and song-based material, it's liable to please both sides in some measure. Compared to Ndegeocello's past albums, Dance of the Infidel isn't as enveloping or moving a couple spells are particularly dry, and many will miss not hearing the bassist's vocals, but it's full of bright colors, and not without its pleasures. As always, wondering where she'll take you next is part of the fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351575524
  • Catalog Number: 5755
  • Sales rank: 79,250

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mu-Min - Josh Roseman (1:54)
  2. 2 Al-Falaq 113 - Michael Cain (11:47)
  3. 3 Aquarium - Sabina Sciubba (4:43)
  4. 4 Papillon - Federico Gonzalez Peña (11:32)
  5. 5 Dance of the Infidel - Oran Coltrane (7:26)
  6. 6 The Chosen - Michael Cain (6:34)
  7. 7 Luqman - Grégoire Maret (11:55)
  8. 8 Heaven - Neal Evans (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
MeShell NdegeOcello Primary Artist
Lalah Hathaway Vocals
Don Byron Horn
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Oliver Lake Horn
Cassandra Wilson Vocals
Wallace Roney Horn
Ron Blake Horn
Mino Cinelu Percussion
Chris "Daddy" Dave Drums
Kenny Garrett Horn
Matthew Garrison Bass
Gene Lake Drums
Brandon Ross Guitar
Josh Roseman Horn
Oran Coltrane Horn
Michael Cain Piano, Keyboards
Didi Gutman Keyboards
Pedro Martinez Percussion
Yosvany Terry Percussion
Grégoire Maret Harmonica
Neal Evans Piano, Keyboards
Dan Reiser Clay Drums
Dave Meshell Bass
Federico Gonzalez Peña Keyboards
Sabina Piano, Vocals
Chris Dave Drums
Technical Credits
MeShell NdegeOcello Programming, Producer
Bob Power Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Michael Cain Arranger
Didi Gutman Programming
Rebecca Meek Artwork, Art Direction
Marsha Black Administration
Sabina Sciubba Composer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Dexter Story Management
Zeke Zima Engineer
Takuya Nakamura Programming
Ari Raskin Programming, Engineer
Kofi Toha Executive Producer
Dave Meshell Programming
Meshell Suhaila Bashir Shakur Arranger, Producer, Art Direction
Meshell Suhaila Bashir Shakur Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    caught live in L.A. in june05

    I only gave this album 4 because the material might be differant from the set I caught last summer but the tracks she and the band played were awesome great playing the vibes were there they it laid down a must see for all music lovers, and already a fan from her early work this was the bomb.......one love

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