Bassist and writer: Meshell Ndegeocello…Faithful

As a greatly admired bassist, writer and groove maker, Meshell Ndegeocello has put it all together many times on many tracks, for both her own projects as well as other people. This particular track from her 1999 album has to be close to the the top of the list for my money.

Apart from the bass and the vocals, what I really appreciate on this track initially is the sparse piano, subtle percussion and acoustic guitar. At around 3 mins 12 sec, the whole thing switches to a bigger sound. The drums, courtesy of Abe Laboriel Jnr (son of LA Super bassist Abe Laboriel) are phenomenal, moving from brushes to sticks, and the electric guitar (Doyle Bramhall II or David Torn?) is really restrained but incredibly loud and effective. I particularly like the the chromatic piano chord building behind the groove as the piece goes through it’s paces. I also like the ambient background echoed sounds moving in and out of the mix. Very sophisticated track. Well worth a listen. A pity that the CD cover provides no performance credits.


~ by gazlington on March 12, 2012.

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