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June 2017 Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during June 2017—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
Big Joe Williams: Southside Blues (Rockbeat)
Blind Willie Johnson:  American Epic – Best of Blind Willie Johnson (Third Man)
Cash Box Kings: Royal Mint (Alligator)
Jimmy Witherspoon: Live at the Renaissance & Monterey (Soul Jam)
Lead Belly: American Epic – Best of Lead Belly (Third Man)
Little Willie Farmer: I’m Coming Back Home (Wolf)
Memphis Jug Band: American Epic – Best of Memphis Jug Band (Third Man)
Mississippi John Hurt: American Epic – Best of Mississippi John Hurt (Third Man)
Skip James: Special Rider Blues, Early Recordings, 1931(Soul Jam)
Son House: Special Rider Blues, 1930-42 Mississippi & Wisconsin (Soul Jam)
Various: American Epic – Best of Blues (Third Man)
Willie Clayton: Crossroads of the Blues (Endzone Ent)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup: Rocks (Bear Family)
Benjamin Booker: Witness (ATO)
Chuck Berry: Chuck (Dualtone)
Denai Moore: We Used To Bloom (Because Music)
Junie Morrison: Junie – Complete Westbound Recordings 1975-76 (Westbound)
Merry Clayton: Gimme Shelter (reissue) (Real Gone Music)
Moniquea: Blackwavefunk (Fat Beats)
P.O.D.: Satellite (Atlantic)
Prince: Purple Rain (3 CD+DVD expanded ed.)(Warner Bros.)
Tackhead: Lost Tapes Vol. 1 (Echo Beach)
Terrence Parker: God Loves Detroit (Planet E Communications)
Valenti Funk: Valenti (Clear Zebra)

Gospel, Contemporary Christian
B.B. King: Sings Spirituals (Soul Jam)
Earnest Pugh: Fully Persuaded (P-Man Group)
James Fortune & FIYA: Dear Future Me (eOne Music Nashville)
Patrick Hollis & United: Back Again (Ecko)
Preashea Hilliard: The Glory Experience (New Day Ent.)

Jazz
Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift In Decorum Live (Blue Note)
Amina Baraka & The Red Microphone: S/T (Forced Exposure)
Art Pepper Presents “West Coast Sessions!” Vol. 4 (Omnivore)
Barbara Morrison: I Wanna to be Loved (Savant)
Bert Myrick: Live ‘n Well (reissue )(BBE)
Binker and Moses: Journey to the Mountain of Forever (Gearbox)
Braxton Cook: Somewhere in Between (Fresh Selects)
Charles Mingus: Complete Birdland 1961-1962 Broadcasts (Solar)
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Centennial Trilogy 2 – Diaspora (Ropeadope)
Denys Baptiste: The Late Trane (Edition)
Adam Roger’s Dice: S/T (Adraj)
Dwight Trible with Matthew Halsall: Inspirations (Gondwana)
Irvin Mayfield & New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Live at Newport (Basin Street )
J.J. Johnson: Columbia Albums Collection: 1956-1961 (4 CDs)(Enlightenment)
Jackiem Joyner: Main Street Beat (Artistry Music )
James Brandson Lewis Trio: No Filter (BNS Sessions)
Jimmy Smith Trio: Complete 1957-1959 Sessions (Phono)
Jowee Omicil: Let’s BasH! (Jazz Village)
Julian Vaughn: Bona Fide (Trippin N’ Rhythm)
Kris Funn: Cornerstore (digital) (Kristopher Funn Music)
Latimore: A Taste of Me: Great American Songs (Essential Media Group)
Naturally 7: Both Sides Now (Warner)
Nina Simone:  Complete 1959-61 Live Recordings (Essential Jazz Classics)
Quincy Jones:  20 Classic Albums (10 CD set) (Real Gone Jazz)
Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (ECM)
Summer of ’96: Splendid Things Gone Awry (RED)
Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane: Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (100th Anniversary vinyl box set) (Craft)
Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Handful of Keys (Blue Engine)
Zem Audu: Spirits (Origin)

R&B, Soul
Angela Bofill: I Try – Anthology 1978-1993 (Soul Music)
Beatles: Early Beatles Repertoire 1960-61 (Rhythm & Blues)
Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good: Mannish Boys (Morphius)
Cody ChesnuTT: My Love Divine Degree (Handwritten)
Coolee Bravo: 20 Minutes in Chicago EP (digital)
Eruption: Best of Eruption (expanded ed.) (BBR)
Felicia Temple: Balancing Act
Fred Wesley & the Generations: S/T  (Minor Music)
H.E.R.: H.E.R. Vol. 2 (RCA)
Ideeyah: Brave (EVRY Music)
India.Arie: SongVersation: Medicine EP (digital)
Jay King: Helen’s Son (Expansion)
LaBelle: The Anthology (SoulMusic)
M.T.B.: It’s Meant to Be (eOne)
Mali Music: The Transition of Mali (ByStorm Ent./RCA )
Mike City: Presents the Feel Good Agenda Vol. 1 (BBE)
Ms. Irene Renee: Ubiquitous Soul (D.A.P.)
Ricky Latt: Welcome to Soulville (W.A.G.E. Ent)
Ronald Bruner, Jr.: Triumph (vinyl) (World Galaxy; Alpha Pup)
Rudy Ray Moore: Sensuous Black Man (1st CD reissue) (Dolemite)
Sly5thAve: Composite EP (digital) (Tru Thoughts)
Soul Understated: Songs in the Key of Grease (Shanachie)
TLC: TLC (852 MUSIQ)
Various: Nothing But a Houseparty – Birth of Philly Sound 1967-71 (Kent)
Various: Inner Peace: Rare Spiritual Funk & Jazz Gems (WeWantSounds)

Rap, Hip Hop
Mozzy & Gunplay: Dreadlocks & Headshots (Real Talk Ent)
13 Boy’z: Last of a Dying Breed (East Town)
2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (Def Jam)
Abra: Princess EP (True Panther Sounds)
Aha Gazelle: Trilliam 2 (mix tape)(Reach)
Berner & Styles P: Vibes (Bern One Ent.)
Big Boi: Boomiverse (Epic)
Blacastan & Stu Bangas: Uncanny Adventures of Watson & Holmes (Brick)
Bleezo & Sav Sicc: Twin Evil 2 (Cway Muziccore)
Bone Thugs: New Wave (eOne)
Bryson Tiller: True to Self (RCA)
Chief Keef: Thot Breaker (RBC)
Da Buze Bruvaz: Adebisi Hat (Grilchy Party)
Dane Uno: Everything in the Dark Comes to the Light (Junkadelic Music)
DJ Khaled: Grateful (Epic)
Game Theory: 2 Steps From the Middle Ages (Omnivore)
Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligent: Game of Death (Mello Music)
Gunplay: The Plug (Real Talk Ent.)
Ice Cube: Death Certificate (25th anniversary ed.)(Cubevision)
Jarren Benton: The Mink Coat Killa (Benton Enterprise)
JL: Tech N9ne Present’s JL DIBKIS (Strange Music)
Joyner Lucas:  508-507-2209  (Atlantic)
Kero One & Azure: Kero & Azure (Plug)
Kool G Rap: Return of the Don (Clockwork Music)
Krayzie Bone: Eternal Legend (Real Talk Ent.)
Krayzie Bone & Young Noble: Thug Brothers 2 (Real Talk Ent.)
Mack Bone: What Y’all Want Me 2 Do? (Soundblanket)
Mazon: S/T (digital) (Mazon Music)
MC Eiht: Which Way Iz West (Year Round)
Monty: Monty Zoo II (RGF Productions)
Mr Capone-E: California Love – All Eyez on Me (Hi Power Ent.)
Propaganda: Crooked (Fair Trade)
Public Enemy: Nothing Is Quick in the Desert (free download)
Sadat X: Sum of a Man (vinyl) ( Dymond Mine)
Showbiz & A.G.: Take It Back (D.I.T.C.)
Stevie Stone: Level Up (Strange Music)
Stormzy: Gang Signs & Prayer (#Merky)
Twista: Crook County (GMG Ent.)
Various: Boombox 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro & Disco Rap 1979-83 (Soul Jazz)
Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory (Def Jam)
Z-Ro: No Love Boulevard (1 Deep Ent.)

Reggae, Dancehall
Ambassa: Ride the Samples (Wakeditown)
Ammoye: The Light (eOne Music Canada)
Bob Marley & Wailers: Lively Up Yourself: Roots of a Revolution 1967-71 (Wewantsounds)

World
“Om” Alec Khaoli: Say You Love Me (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Kondi Band: Salone (Strut)
Oté Maloya: Birth of Electric Maloya on Réunion Island 1975-86 (Strut)
Songhoy Blues: Resistance (Fat Possum)
Sonia Aimy: Nigerian Spirit (Saimy’s Art)
Supercombo: Explorations (Z Production)
Tanzania Albinism Collective: White African Power (Six Degrees)
Various: Beating Heart – South Africa Vol. 1 (Beating Heart)
Various: John Armstrong presents Afrobeat Brasil (BBE)
Various: Pop Makossa: Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976 -84 (Analog Africa)

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