December 1st, 2015

Following are additional albums released during November 2015—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
Eric Bibb & JJ Milteau: Lead Belly’s Gold (Stony Plain)
Gentry Jones: Roll It Roll It (Music Access Inc.)
Harmonica Shah: If You Live To Get Old, You Will Understand (Electro-Fi)
Johnny Jones: Doin’ The Best I Can (JSP)
Laja Ferlance: Mo’ Betta Blues (Music Access Inc.)
Lightnin’ Hopkins: Shootin’ Fire (Cicadelic)
Lightnin’ Hopkins & Billy Bizor: Wake Up The Dead (Cicadelic)
Magic Sam: Black Magic (Remastered ed.) (Delmark)
O.B. Buchana: Mississippi Folks  (Ecko)
Victoria Spivey: Collection 1926-27 (Acrobat)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Brooklyn Funk Essentials: Funk Ain’t Ova (Dorado)
Cymande: Do It (Cherry Red)
Hieroglyphic Being: The Acid Documents (Soul Jazz)
Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits (Elektra/Rhino)

Gospel, Gospel Rap, CCM
Al Green: Higher Plane  (Fat Possum)
Al Green: I’ll Rise Again  (Fat Possum)
Al Green: Lord Will Make a Way (Fat Possum)
Al Green: Precious Lord  (Fat Possum)
Al Green: Trust in God   (Fat Possum)
Deitrick Haddon: Masterpiece (eOne)
James Bolton: Count It All Joy (New Day)
Kirk Franklin: Losing My Religion (RCA)

Coasters: Christmas with the Coasters (Goldmine)
Committed: Home for Christmas (Mixed Bag Music Grp.)
Johnny Mathis: Complete Christmas Collection 1958-2010 (Real Gone)
Kenny Neal: I’ll Be Home For Christmas  (Cleopatra)
Various: Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.3 (Tramp)

Adegoke Steve Colson: Tones For (Silver Sphinx)
Ash Walker: Augmented 7th (Deep Heads)
Billy Cobham: Live From Dallas Electric Ballroom 1975 (United States Dist)
Darren Barrett: Trumpet Vibes  (dB Studios)
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme- The Complete Masters (impulse!/Verve)
Myke Masters:  Mustn’t Grumble (digital)
Oscar Peterson: Exclusively for My Friends (8 CD Box set) (Naxos)
Pieces of a Dream: All In (Shanachie)
Robin Eubanks’ Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets the Ear

R&B, Soul
Angie Stone: Dream (Shanachie)
Bobby Caldwell: Cool Uncle (+180)
CeeLo Green: Heart Blanche (Atlantic)
Chaka Khan: One Classic Night (Wienerworld)
Derobert: Got the Goods (City Bump)
Dominique Toney: A Love Like Ours (K-Tone Ent. )
Gloria Ann Taylor: Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (Luv N Haight
James Brown: Live At Chastain Park (Wienerworld)
L. Young: 4EVER Young (eOne)
Lala Hathaway: Live (eOne)
Lara Price: I Mean Business (Vizz Tone)
The New Stylistics: Very Best of Stylistics Live…And More! (Forevermore)
Seal: 7 (Warner Bros. )
Terisa Griffin: Revival of Soul (digital)
Terry Tobin: Truth Is (Topnotch Music)
Various: Love & Affection – More Motown Girls (Ace)
Various: Lost Without You – The Best of Kent Ballads 2 (Kent)

Rap, Hip Hop
J-Live: How Much is Water? (Mortier Music)
Big K.R.I.T.: All My Life (RBC)
Busdriver: Thumbs (digital)
Chief Keef: Finally Rollin 2 (RBC)
E-40: Poverty & Prosperity (digital) (Heavy on the Grind)
Fabolous: Summertime Shootout (Collector’s Ed.) (Def Jam)
Fetty Wap: The Life (DVD) (Meldose Films)
Freddie Gibbs: Shadow of a Doubt (ESGN)
Goth Money: Trillionaires (Break World)
Jadakiss: Top 5 Dead or Alive (Def Jam)
Jeezy: Church in These Streets (Def Jam)
Krayzie Bone: Chasing the Devil (RBC)
Lil Wayne: No Ceilings 2 (Collector’s Ed.) (Young Money)
Lil-C: H-Town Chronic 16 (Oarfin)
Master P: Empire from the Hood to Hollywood (digital) (Globy House)
Michael Christmas: What a Weird Day (self-release)
Raplords: #Raplords (Uni-Fi)
Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz: Home Sweet Home (Mello Music)
Redman: Mudface (digital) (Gilla House)
Richon Aubrey: Dreams (Twenty Two)
Silas Blak: Editorials (War Tunes) (Cabin Games)
Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder Present: Indie 500 (It’s a Wonderful World)
Tech N9ne: Strangeulation II (Strange Music)
Ty Dolla $ign: Free TC (Atlantic)
Waka Flocka Flame: Flockaveli 1.5 (Collector’s Ed.) (BSM)

Reggae, Dancehall
Congo Natty: Jungle Revolution In Dub (Big Dada)
Gentleman’s Dub Club: Big Smoke (Easy Star)
Various: First Recordings of Sir Coxsone The Downbeat 1960-63 (Soul Jazz)

Elikeh: Kondona (Ropeadope)
Falz: Stories That Touch (digital) (BahdGuys Ent.)
Sauti Sol: Live and Die in Africa (digital) (Sauti Sol Ent.)
Tinariwen: Live In Paris  (Anti/Epitaph)
Various: Senegal 70 – Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings from the 70’s (Analog Africa)
Zenglen: Rezilta Pi Red (digital)


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