Georgia Anne Muldrow, ‘Georgia Anne Muldrow Presents…Ms. One’ (Someothaship Connect/E1)
From her brilliantly loopy 2006 opus Olesi: Fragments of an Earth to a scene- stealing cameo on Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah: Part One, Muldrow has artfully merged progressive soul with Africanist spirituality. For this compilation, the multi-instrumentalist-producer gathers family and friends, including partner Dudley Perkins, mom Rickie Byars Beckwith, and indie-soul protégés Jimetta Rose and Eagle Nebula for a wildly uneven hour that ranges from inspired incantations (Stacy Epps’ “Motivation”) to banal hagiography. Muldrow directs the clan with melodically funky, oddly delightful whimsy.