June 2014 Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during June 2014—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.


Andy T – Nick Nixon Band: Livin’ It Up (Delta Grooves)
Joe Louis Walker: The Best of the Stony Plain Years (Stony Plain Music)
John Primer: You Can Make It If You Try (Wolf)
Lucky Peterson: Son of a Bluesman (Jazz Village)
Mannish Boys: Wrapped Up And Ready (Delta Grooves)
Otis Clay: Truth Is (Oarfin)
Pee Wee Crayton: Texas Blues Jumpin’ In Los Angeles, The Modern Music Sessions 1948-1951 (Ace)
Selwyn Birchwood: Don’t Call No Ambulance (Alligator)
Smoky Babe: Way Back in the Country Blues (Arhoolie)
Travis Haddix: Love Coupons (Benevolent)
Vaneese Thomas: Blues for My Father (Segue)
Variou artists: Essential Chicago Blues Rarities Collection (Varese Sarabande)


Linda Martell: Color Me Country (Real Gone)
Millie Jackson: Loving Arms: The Soul Country Collection (Kent)

Gospel, Gospel Rap, CCM

Andrea McClurkin-Mellini: Higher (Camdon Music)
Anita Wilson: Vintage Workship (Motown Gospel)
Bryan Andrew Wilson: The One Percent (Echo Park)
Chanel Haynes: Trin-I-Tee 5:7 According to Chanel (Obsidian)
George Dean & G4: Back to the Basics Again (Ecko)
Lee Williams & Spiritual QC’s: Tell the Angels (MCG)
Mississippi Mass Choir: Declaration of Dependence  (Malaco)
Ricky Dillard & New G: Amazing (eOne)
Tirvarrus & God’s Project: I’m Trying To Be (New Vision)
Uncle Reece: Bold (Bed Music Group)
Viktory R4:  Volume 2 (Viktorious Music Group)


Anthony Braxton: 12 Duets (box set) (New Braxton House Records)
Anthony Braxton: Trio (New Haven) 2013 (New Braxton House Records)
Barbara Morrison: I Love You, Yes I Do (Savant)
Billie Holiday: At the Stratford Shakespearean Festival 1957 (Solar)
Clifford Brown: Brownie Speaks- Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note)
Coleman Hawkins: Lost 1950 Munich Concert (Solar)
Darren Barrett: Energy in Motion- Music of the Bee Gees (DB Productions)
Darren Barrett & dB Quintet: Live and Direct 2014 (DB Productions)
Duke Ellington: Original Recordings That Inspired the Broadway Hit “After Midnight” (Legacy)
Elio Villafranca & His Jass Syncopators: Caribbean Tinge- Live From Dizzys (Motema)
Jaki Byard: The Late Show (HighNote)
Jimmy Cobb: The Original Mob (Smoke Sessions)
Johnathan Blake: Gone But Not Forgotten (Chris Cross)
Joshua Redman Trio: Live (Nonesuch)
Kate Ross: People Make the World Go Round (KimCourt Productions)
Lil John Roberts: The Heartbeat (Purpose Music Group/Nia)
Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses: Blow (Warrior)
Nat King Cole: Extraordinary (CMG)
Ralph Peterson: ALIVE at Firehouse 12, Vol. 2 – Fo’ n Mo’ (Onyx)
Sam Rucker: Tell You Something (Favor Productions)
Sharon Marie Cline: This Is Where I Wanna Be (CD Baby)

Rock, Pop, Funk, Electronic

Body Count: Manslaughter (Sumerian)
Devonté Hynes et al: Palo Alto – Music From The Motion Picture (Domino)
Jaded Incorporated: The Big Knock (digital)(Casablanca)
Kai Exos: Telegraph (VMP)
Miniature Tigers: Cruel Runnings (Yebo Music)
Nightmare on Wax: N.O.W. Is The Time (Warp)
Phox: Phox (Partisan)
Taylor Mcferrin: Early Riser (Brainfeeder)

R&B, Soul

5th Dimension: Earthbound (1st CD ed.)(Real Gone)
Ann Nesby: Living My Life (Arrow)
Carl Sims: Best of Carl Sims (Ecko)
Chanson: Chanson (expanded, 1st CD ed.)(Funky Town Grooves)
Chanson: Together We Stand (expanded, 1st CD ed.)(Funky Town Grooves)
Charles Jones: Portrait of a Balladeer (Endzone Ent.)
Denise Pearson: Imprint (Baronet Ent.)
Faith Hope & Charity: Faith Hope & Charity (expanded ed.)(Real Gone)
Jeremy Riley: Xcellent (7us Media Group)
Joe: Bridges (BMG)
Jonathan Butler: Living My Dream (Artistry Music)
José James: While You Were Sleeping (Blue Note)
Kelly Price: Sing Pray Love, Vol 1. (eOne)
Lee Fields & the Expressions: Emma Jean (Redeye)
Mali Music: Mali Is (RCA)
Mary J. Blige: Think Like A Man Too – Music From & Inspired by the Film (Epic)
Meshell Ndegeocello: Comet, Come To Me (Naïve)
Mingo Fishtrap: On Time (Blue Corn)
Salaam Remi: One- In the Chamber (Sony Masterworks)
Sebastian Mikael: Speechless (Slip N Slide/Universal)
Sweet Inspirations: Complete Atlantic Singles Plus (Real Gone)
Various artists: Chicago Hit Factory- Vee-Jay Story (10CD box set)(Charly)
Various artists: Eccentric Soul – The Way-Out Label (Numero)
Various artists: Eccentric Soul – Capital City Soul  (Numero)
Various artists: Ronn Records Story (Varese Sarabande)
Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie Vol. II (Light in the Attic)

Rap and Hip Hop

¡Mayday! & Murs: Mursday (Strange Music)
50 Cent: Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win (G-Unit)
Ab-Soul: These Days… (Top Dawg)
Amadeus the Stampede: Spilling Blood on the Dance Floor (Stampede Media)
Apathy: Connecticut Casual (Dirty Version)
Big Freedia: Just Be Free  (Queen Diva)
Big Mucci: Shuffle Step Slide – Line Dance Movement (71 North Ent.)
Buckshot & P-Money:  BackPack Travels (Duckdown)
Canibus: Fait Accompli (RBC)
Cash: Let’s Get It (eOne)
Cerebral Ballzy: Jaded & Faded (Cult)
C-Murder: Community Serive 3 (Oarfin)
Damani Nkosi: Thoughtful King (digital) (Damani Music)
DJ Fresh & J. Stalin: The Real World Trilogy (Box set)(Fresh in the Flesh)
Freres D’Or: Parole D’Honneur (Explicit)
Futuristic: Traveling Local (R Music Group)
Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood: Six Degrees (Lex)
Gucci Mane & Migos: The Green Album (digital) (101 Distribution)
Gucci Mane & Young Thug: The Purple Album (digital) (101 Distribution)
Gucci Mane &PeeWee Longway: The White Album (digital) (101 Distribution)
J. Rawls: The Legacy (digital) (Polar Ent.)
Jeru The Damaja: The Hammer EP (digital) (Hedspinn)
Madlib: Pinata Beats (Madlib Invasion)
Open Mike Eagle: Dark Comedy (Mello Music Group)
P.SO the Earth Tone King: Gateway To Greatness / Constellations (HiPNOTT)
Riff Raff: Neon Icon (WEA)
Skanks: Shinigamie Flowfessional (Modulor / Shinigamie)
Swollen Members: Brand New Day (Battle Axe)
The Jacka & Mdot 80: Risk Game (Double F)
The Red Gold & Green Machine: Planet Africa (digital)(Water The Plants)
Young Liifez & The World’s Freshest: The Morning Show (Sac Music Group)
Z-Ro: The Crown (Rap-a-Lot)

Reggae, Dancehall, Calypso

Alborosie: Alborosie & Friends (V.P.)
Damian Marley: Bonnaroo Live 06 (Bonnaroo Music)
Dub Club: This Generation in Dub (Stones Throw)
Hollie Cook: Twice (Mr. Bongo)
Junior Cony & Shanti D: The End (Hammerbass)
King Jammy: Dub Kings- King Jammy at King Tubby’s (Jamaican Recordings)
Popcaan: Where We Come From (Mixpak)
Roland Alphonso: Singles Collection & More (Not Bad)
Third World: Under the Magic Sun (Cleopatra)
Toots & The Maytals: Pressure Drop – The Golden Tracks (Cleopatra)
Various artists: Calypso- Musical Poetry in the Caribbean, 1955-69 (Soul Jazz)
Various artists: Natty Will Fly Again (Groundation)


Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star de Dakar: Live a Letoile (Teranga Beat)
Kasai Allstars: Beware the Fetish (Crammed Discs)
Optimo: Amor de Guerra (Sony Music Latin)
Paula Lima: O Samba E Do Bem (Tupiniquim)