April 2016 Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during April 2016—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
B.B. King: The King’s Blues Box (3 LP set) (Stardust)
Little Junior Parker: Next Time You See Me…Complete Singles 1952-1962 (Jasmine)
Keb’ Mo’: Live – That Hot Pink Blues Album
Sonny Mack: Get on Up! (Ecko)
Bobby Blue Bland: Further on Up the Road: The Duke Recordings (Southern Routes)
Sugar Blue: Voyage (M.C. Records)
Otis Rush and Buddy Guy: Live in Chicago ’88 (Klondike)
Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones: Little Windows
Professor Longhair: Live at the University of Chicago Folk Festival (Select-O-Hits)
Kwesi Forae : 27 EP

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Various: Sissle & Blake Sing Shuffle Along (Harbinger)
Cha Wa : Funk ‘n’ Feathers
The Relatives: Goodbye World (Luv N Haight Records)
DJ Rashad: Afterlife (Teklife)
The Heavy: Hurt & Merciless (Bad Son Recording Company)
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals: Call It What It Is (Stax)
Lilith Ai : Riot (EP Deluxe, digital) (Lo)
Snarky Puppy: Culcha Vulcha
Judith Hill (with Prince): Back in Time (NPG)
Prince:  HITNRUN Phase Two (NPG)
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald: Present Borderland – Transport (Tresor)

Gospel, Gospel Rap
Da’ T.r.u.t.h: It’s Complicated
Various: Hallelujah: The Journey of Larry Clark – O.S.T. (Larry Clark Gospel)
Chicago Mass Choir: We Give You Praise (New Haven )
Various: Feel Good! 40 Years Of Life Changing Music (Tyscot)

Various: Miles Ahead Original Soundtrack (Legacy)
Robert Glasper: EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL: Recordings of Miles Davis Reimagined (Legacy)
Nick Colionne: The Journey
HenryThreadgill Double-Up Ensembl : Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi Recordings)
Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (Firehouse 12)
George Coleman : A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions)
Ralph Peterson: TriAngular III (Onyx Music/Truth Revolution)
Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life: Nihil Novi (Blue Note)
Anthony Wilson: Frogtown (Goat Hill Recordings)
Various: Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash (Record Store Day special ed.) (Fantasy)
Shola Adisa-Farrar & Florian Pellissier Quintet: Lost Myself (Hot Casa)
James Tatum : Contemporary Jazz Mass (reissue) (Jazzman)
BWB (Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun ): BWB (Artistry Music )
Yellowjackets: Cohearence (Mack Ave.)
Bill Evans:  Some Other Time: the Lost Session from the Black Forest (Resonance)
Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/Hamid Drake: Live at Okuden (ESP Disk)
Albert Ayler: European Radio Studio Recordings 1964
Gail Thompson: Jadu (Enja)
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Justice: Live in Amsterdam November 1959 (Dutch Jazz Archive)

R&B, Soul
Charles Bradley: Changes (Dunham / Daptone )
James Brown & The Famous Flames: The Roots Of Revolution (Southern Routes)
Various: One Track Mind! More Motown Guys (Kent)
Deep Street Soul: Come Alive! (Freestyle)
Charles Wright: Something to Make You Feel Good
Javier Colon: Gravity (Concord)
Musiq Soulchild: Life on Earth (eOne)
KeKe Wyatt: Rated Love (Aratek Ent.)
Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir: The Earth Wants YOU! (album + book)
Impressions: “The Best Of The Impressions: The Curtom Years” (Varese Sarabande)
Emotions: Blessed: The Emotions Anthology 1969-1985  (Cherry Red)
Bo-Keys: Heartaches by the Number (Omnivore)
Boulevards : Groove! (Captured Tracks)

Rap, Hip Hop
Illphonics: Gone With the Trends (Record Machine)
Lil Keke: Slfmade (Hustletown)
Epidemic : 4 Dimensions On A Paper (Mic-Theory)
Krizz Kaliko: Go (Strange Music)
Phesto and Izrell: Guillotine Music (Hieroglyphics Imperium)
Euclid: Save yourself ( Backwoodz Studioz)
J Dilla: The Diary (Mass Appeal)
Mr. Lif:  Don’t Look Down (Mello Music)
Royce Da 5’9″:Layers (Bad Half Ent.)
Boosie Badazz & C-Murder:  Penitentiary Chances
Grand Puba: Black from the Future (Ihiphop Dist.)
Lord Finesse: The Remixes: A Midas Era Retrospective (Slice-of-Spice)
Chuuwee & Trizz: AmeriKKa’s Most Blunted 2 (Below System)
GAIKA: Security (Mixpak)
A$AP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper (RCA)
Freeway: Free Will ( Babygrande)
Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers)
Horseshoe Gang: Anti Trap Music
Various: Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2  (Columbia)
Ty Dolla Sign: Coast 2 Coast 265 (Yikes)
Horseshoe Gang: Anti-Trap Music (Gracie)
Freeway: Free Will (Ihiphop )

Reggae, Dancehall
Richie Stephens and The Ska Nation Band : Internationally (Zojak World Wide)
Still Cool: Still Cool ( Uprising/Deeper Knowledge)
Alpha Blondy & the Solar System: Positive Energy (VP)
Phill Pratt : Star Wars Dub (Burning Sounds)
Linval Thompson: Linval Presents: Space Invaders (Greensleaves)

Lakou Mizik: Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)
Various: Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches From Traditional Mali (K7)
Moken: Chapters of My Life (Bantu)
Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitos : Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul (Knitting Factory)
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble: It’s Time
Various: Every Song Has Its End (CD + DVD) (Glitterbeat/K7)
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality: Everything Lasts Forever (3rd Generation Recordings)
Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock Vol. 1 (Now-Again)