Ernest Hardy of LA Weekly reviewed Meshell Ndegeocello’s new CD, ‘Comfort Woman’. Hardy writes, “‘Comfort Woman’ is stellar work; on it, Meshell once again laps her peers, retooling a blueprint that many photocopied but few have truly built on or learned from.” Read more.
Sal Cinquemani of slant magazine reviewed Meshell Ndegeocello’s new album ‘Comfort Woman’, rating it 3 out of 5 stars. He writes, “But while [her previous album ‘Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape’] may have been weighed-down by its ambition, ‘Comfort Woman’ almost floats away in its soothing homogeneity.” Read more.
While Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles has MTV Nation rapt, significantly fewer people notice Meshell Ndegeocello, even though she crams mounds of soulful fortitude into a three-minute song. “Baring your soul means more when not everyone notices,” she tells Caley Cook of San Diego CityBeat. “You have to be content in these days and times. I don’t read the news or watch TV. I’m a little too sensitive. I’m not meant to worry too much about the world… and I’m not that intellectual. Expectations cause me sadness. I feel like my mind has been colonized by other people’s sexual outlook and I’m really trying to clear out the weeds of the garden in my mind and cultivate it with some other ideas: Prayer. Books. I love music. The sky. I like to watch the stars.” Read more.
Meshell Ndegeocello’s fifth album, ‘Comfort Woman’, out on Tuesday, shifts the focus to the personal, perfecting space-like, synthesized grooves as opposed to last year’s ‘Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape’. “Cookie was one place,” Ndegeocello tells RollingStone.com, “and now I’m in this place. This place is nice… I wanted to do something that made me feel good. A good offering into the world, a good vibration.”
Billboard reports Meshell Ndegeocello has assembled a cast of leading jazz artists — including Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Garrett, Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Wallace Roney, Neal Evans and Layla Hathaway — for a new album under the name Papillon. Ndegeocello plays bass on and is co-producing the set, ‘Dance of the Infidels,’ due January 13th from Verve. Bob Power also produced.
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On Saturday, August 9th, Me’shell Ndegeocello graced the New Haven Jazz Festival with a free concert at the Green in New Haven, CT. She showed up with her new band saying it was the first time she’d changed bands in nearly a decade, and despite the on again off again rain, which isn’t fun during an open-air concert, the spirit of the crowd of die-hard fans would not be dampened. Read the full review here.
Alicia Keys checked in with fans earlier this month to give her post-Grammy report. She writes, “I was really happy for Miss Norah Jones and happy to be able to present her with best new artist! I like John Mayer too. I was also happy for [India.Arie] and [Erykah Badu]! I didn’t really hang out to much, but I did go to a hot ass jam session that Erikah Badu and Common put together. It was fly! All about the music! Erikah Badu was there Common, Raphael Saadiq, ?uestlove, Meshell Ndegeocello, Brian Mcknight, India.Arie, Floetry, Jill Scott, Bilal, Musiq, Prince, and so many other talented people! It was very cool, jazzy spot, a vibe ran thru the crowd like smoke and settled over everyone. I love thangs like that!”
Jaime Buerger of Las Vegas Weekly chatted with Me’shell Ndegeocello and asked the singer if she is a “political artist.” Ndegeocello responded, “My responsibility is simply to be myself, to express myself as sincerely as possible and to be funky. That’s it. It so happens that being myself and expressing my individuality also encompasses being committed to building more and more compassionate communities. I’m most interested in folks working on their micro-history, sorting through themselves and then choosing to be present in their lives, choosing not to have their experiences dictated to them by marketers and politicians—that seems more tangible to me than big ideologies and notions of community that deny individuality.”
The Associated Press reports Paisley Park Enterprises, Prince’s production company, filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against Matthew Lankford of Seattle, operator of FreeMyHeart.com a Web site devoted to Me’Shell Ndegeocello. “What he’s claiming is that I put up files on my Web site. What happened is I put up links to other Web sites that had files on them,” Lankford said Friday.
Launch.com reports Meshell Ndegeocello is lending her talents to the fight against AIDS at the ‘You Rock My Soul’ benefit concert organized by the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) that is set to take place on November 11 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. “We all have the power to make a difference in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” she said. “No matter who we are, who we sleep with, or where we live.” Ndegeocello further explained, “AIDS does not discriminate. That’s one of the reasons why I support this work and am participating in this event.”