Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel

The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel

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by MeShell NdegeOcello
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351575524
Rank:
17386

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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
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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The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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