“I talk to a lot of different people, and they say, ‘Me’shell Ndegeocello, she’s so great, she’s so great.’ And I’ll mention this album, and they’ll be like, ‘Yes! That’s the one.’ People seem to agree on this record. She’s done a lot of fantastic stuff; some of her records are very ambient, and some of them are very deep and kind of slow soul. The first one was almost a hip-hop record.
“Peace Beyond Passion, to me, has some of the most classic Me’Shell basslines. The second song, The Way [sings bassline] – I teach that to my students. I tell them, ‘Listen to this. You need to be able to play this and make it groove.’ There’s a song called Niggerman – her word, not mine – which has bass guitar but also has sub underneath it. It’s amazing how she put down the basslines without getting in the way of the sub booms that come in every once in a while.
“More than anything, she’s a total musician and can play all the instruments, but what she does on the bass is so deep and so funky. You hear her soul pouring out of the tones and the grooves. It’s bewitching.”