Welcome to the November 2018 Issue

Welcome to the November 2018 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.

This month we’re featuring three new jazz releases including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest, drummer Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings, and the eponymous debut album from Christian McBride’s New Jawn.

In honor of Bill Withers’ 80th birthday, two artists have released tributes to the legendary singer-songwriter: José James’ Lean On Me and Anthony David’s Hello Like Before: The Songs of Bill Withers. The late soul singer Charles Bradley is remembered on the posthumous release Black Velvet, while the late Ohio funk musician Roger Troutman is honored on Zapp VII Roger & Friends.

Broadway star Capathia Jenkins and composer Louis Rosen offer their new project Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs, while baritone Thomas Hampson’s Songs From Chicago features works by composers Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and John Alden Carpenter—all based on poems by Langston Hughes. Gospel music releases include Brent Jones’ Open Your Mouth and Say Something and the Soweto Gospel Choir’s Freedom.

Alternative rock and blues projects include Blood Orange’s Negro Swan, Black Joe Lewis’ The Difference Between Me and You, and Cedric Burnside’s Benton County Relic. Rap albums include Masta Ace & Marco Polo’s A Breukelen Story, and the self-titled release from Ill Doots that blends funk, jazz and hip hop. Wrapping up this issue is the Burkina Faso group Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band’s Siri Ba Kele and our list of October Black Music Releases of Note.

Welcome to the October 2018 Issue

This month we’re rolling out a new and improved website and mobile version of Black Grooves!

Our featured releases include soulful songstress Macy Gray’s new album Ruby, the Prince acoustic compilation Piano & a Microphone 1983, and avant-garde artist Lonnie Holley’s third release, MITH.

Jazz releases include mezzo soprano Alicia Hall Moran’s genre blending classical/jazz project Here Today, Judith Lorick’s Second Time Around with the Eric Reed Trio, drummer Tosin Aribisala’s Áfríkà Rising, and two Grant Green compilations from Resonance Records—Slick! Live at Oil Can Harry’s and Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes 1969-1970.

For this month’s gospel music selections were looking in our own backyard with releases from two Indianapolis-based artists—Judah Band’s sophomore album Gone Fishin’ and Tyscot Records’ own Bishop Leonard Scott’s praise and worship album Jesus Love Legacy. R&B/soul releases include Unstoppable by Candi Staton and Free Me from Burundian soul singer J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts.

Albums with a Caribbean tie include legendary reggae group Black Uhuru’s new release As the World Turns, the collaboration of reggae musician Winston McAnuff and French accordionist Fixi on Big Brothers, French-Guadeloupian trio Delgres’ debut album Mo Jodi, Snarky Puppy spin-off group Bokanté with the Metropole Orkest on What Heat (featuring Guadeloupian vocalist Malika Tirolien), plus Bokanté member and lap/pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier’s ‘dirty funk’ solo debut Exit 16.

Wrapping up this issue is the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins compilation, Are YOU one of Jay’s Kids? – The Complete Bizzare Sessions 1990-1994, and our list of September 2018 Black Music Releases of Note.

Welcome to the September 2018 Issue

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This month we’re featuring Product of Our Souls: The Sound and Sway of James Reese Europe’s Society Orchestra—the earliest mainstream recordings of an African American dance band—in an authoritative package from Archeophone Records.  In honor of Gospel Music Heritage Month, there are two new compilations from the Gospel Friend label: the two-CD Soul Don’t Worry! Black Gospel During the Civil Rights Era 1953-1967, and the tribute to Ohio gospel artist and composer Prof. Harold Boggs, Lord Give Me Strength.

New jazz releases include Cécile McLorin Salvant’s forthcoming album The Window, the Snarky Puppy affiliated group Ghost-Note’s Swagism, American steel pan player Jonathan Scales’ Pillar with his group Fourchestra, jazz flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell’s Maroon Cloud, the vocal group Take 6’s Iconic, Marcus Miller’s Laid Black (with a guest appearance by Take 6), and Diana Purim & Eyedentity’s exploration of Brazilian jazz/trip hop, Many Bodies, One Mind.

Rock-oriented releases include Corey Glover’s new supergroup Ultraphonix’s debut Original Human Music, punk legend Jean Beauvoir’s Rock Masterpieces Vol. 1, and Sean Ardoin’s Kreole Rock and Soul. Portland, Oregon’s Ural Thomas & The Pain confirm it is The Right Time for old-school R&B, “Queen of the Blues” Shemekia Copeland offers America’s Child, boogie woogie pianist Errol Dixon releases the 1973 live recording Midnight Train, and Delmark Records marks the label’s 65th anniversary with Tribute.

Wrapping up this issue is the late Australian indigenous musician Gurrumul’s final release and orchestral collaboration Djarimirri: Child of the Rainbow, Ugandan flutist Samite’s music of Resilience, and our list of August 2018 Black Music Releases of Note.

July 2018 Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during July 2018—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
Arthur Big Boy Crudup: If I Get Lucky (4 CD set) (JSP)
Benny Turner: Journey (Nola Blue)
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio: Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here (Alligator)
Errol Dixon: Midnight Train (Wolf)
Eugene Hideaway Bridges: Live In Tallahassee (Armadillo)
Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear: The Radio Winners (Glassnote)
Trudy Lynn: Blues Keep Knockin’ (Connor Ray Music)

Classical, Broadway
SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical – Original Cast (Republic)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Con Brio: Explorer (Transistor Sound/Fat Beats)
Ill Doots: S/T (Ropedope)
Jean Beauvoir: Rock Masterpieces Vol. 1 (Aor Heaven)
Lotic: Power (Tri Angle)
No Kind of Rider: Savage Coast

Gospel, Christian
Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir: Run to the Altar (Tyscot)
Dr. Carmela Nanton: A Touch (Carmel Ministries)
Koryn Hawthorne: Unstoppable (RCA Inspiration)
Minister Marion Hall: His Grace (VPAL Music)
Shana Wilson Williams: Everlasting (Intersound)
Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis: Super Excited (digital)
Will Mcmillan: My Story (eOne)

Jazz
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band: West Side Story Reimagined (Jazz Heads)
David Garfield: Jammin’ Outside the Box
Dexter Gordon Quartet: Tokyo 1975 (Elemental Music)
Ernest Dawkins & New Horizons Ensemble: Chicago Now – Thirty Years of Great Black Music, Vol. 2 (Silkheart)
Erroll Garner: Nightconcert (Mack Ave.)
Jamar Jones: Fatherless Child (GPE)
Jim Stephens: Songs of Healing: Philasippiola Soul (1997-2017) (Ropedope)
Kaidi Tatham: It’s A World Before You (First Word)
Reginald Chapman: Prototype (Fresh Selects)
Rob Dixon Trio: Coast To Crossroads
Roy Campbell & Pyramid: Communion (digital)
Shaun Martin: Focus (Ropeadope)
Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra: Get It How You Live (Ropeadope)
Various: Prince in Jazz: A Jazz Tribute to Prince (Wagram)
Woody Shaw: Tokyo 1981 (Elemental Music)

R&B, Soul
Appleby: Happiness (Haight Brand)
Cyril Neville: Endangered Species, Complete Recordings (World Order)
Jade Novah: All Blue (Empire)
Jaden Smith: SYRE (Digital) (Roc Nation/Republic)
James Brown: Mutha’s Nature (1st CD release) (LMLR)
Johnny Rain: Idol Blue (digital) (Odd Dream Republic)
Jr Jones: Nova (Black Musa)
Kiana Ledé: Selfless EP (Digital) (Republic)
Kizzy Crawford: Progression (Freestyle)
Meli’sa Morgan: Love Demands
The Internet: Hive Mind (Columbia)

Rap, Hip Hop
BrvndonP: Better Late Than Never (RPSMG)
B.o.B.: Naga (digital) (No Genre)
Blackgrits: Paradox 88 (digital)
Blackway: Good.Bad.Faded EP (digital) (Republic)
Buddy: Harlan & Alondra (digital) (RCA)
Busdriver: Electricity is on our Side (digital)
Cardi B: Her Life Her Story (DVD) (Intrinem Films)
Chief Keef: Mansion Musick (RBC)
Citro: No Cap (PlayMakaz Music Group)
Curren$y & Harry Fraud: Marina (Next)
Demrick: Came a Long Way (digital) (DEM)
Drake: Scorpion (Cash Money)
Drank Sanatra: Controlled Substance (digital) (Otherside Ent.)
Dyme-A-Duzin: Crown Fried (digital)
Eric B. & Rakim: Complete Collection (Hip-O)
Future: Beastmode (mixtape)
J. Diggs: #90Dayhousearrestproject (Rompt Out)
Kanye West: Ye (Def Jam)
King Magnetic: Back in the Trap (King Mag Music)
KR: In Due Time (Empire)
Kyle: Light of Mine (Atlantic)
Lil KeKe: SlfMade II (digital) (SoSouth)
Logic: Passion (DVD) (Intrinem Films)
Marlowe: Marlowe (Mello Music Group)
Migos: Evolution (DVD) (Intrinem Films)
Nav: Reckless (XO/Republic)
Nick Grant: Dreamin’ Out Loud (digital) (Epic)
Obuxum: H.E.R. (Urbnet)
Pawz One & Robin Da Landlord: Sell Me a Dream (Below System)
Philthy Rich: N.E.R.N.L. 4 (Empire)
Planet Asia: Mansa Musa (X-Ray)
Playboi Carti: Die Lit (digital) (Interscope)
Pusha T: Daytona (digital) (Def Jam)
Rae Sremmurd: SR3MM (digital) (Interscope)
Randy-B: Me, Myself and $ (Smeat)
Royce 5’9″: Book of Ryan (eOne)
Saweetie: High Maintenance (Warner Bros.)
Stalley: Tell the Truth Shame the Devil, Vol 3 (Blue Collar Gang)
Styles P (The LOX): G-Host (The Phantom Ent.)
Suspect: Still Loading (digital) (Rinse)
Tee Grizzley: Activated (digital) (300 Ent.)
Tobe Nwigwe: The Originals (digital)
Trap Gang Zone: Follow The Gang (digital) (Revenge Music)
Trick Daddy: Dunk Ride Or Duck Down (X-Ray)
Typical Div: S/T (Middle of Made)
Various: Oscillations (Strange Neighbor)
Wiz Khalifa: Rolling Papers 2 (digital) (Atlantic)
Wood & Yungman: Carlito’s Way Screwed (GT Digital)
World’s Fair: New Lows (digital) (Fool’s Gold)
YFN Lucci: Ray Ray from Summerhill (Think It’s A Game)
Zaytoven: Trapholizay (digital) (UMG)

Reggae
Kabaka Pyramid: Kontraband (Bebble Rock)
Kingly T: Got It All (digital)
Leon & The Peoples: Love Is A Beautiful Thing (Spectra Music Group)
Linval Thompson: Dub Landing Vols. 1 & 2 (Greensleeves)
Mad Professor: Electro Dubclubbing (Ariwa Sounds)
Santigold: I Don’t Want, Gold Fire Sessions (digital) (Downtown)
Tetrack: Let’s Get Started (Greensleeves)
U-Roy: Talking Roots (Ariwa Sounds)
Ziggy Marley: Rebellion Rises (Tuff Gong)

International, Latin
Bryant Myers: La Oscuridad (eOne)
Kamal Keila: Muslims & Christians (Habibi Funk)
Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet: Afro-Latin Soul (Strut)
Okonkolo: Cantos (Big Crown)
Te’Amir: Abyssinia EP (Tru Thoughts)

Welcome to the July 2018 Summer Rocks issue

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Welcome to the July 2018 Summer Rocks issue of Black Grooves. This month we’re looking at the many permutations of Black rock, from the psychedelic riffs on Dug Pinnick’s Tribute To Jimi (Often Imitated But Never Duplicated); to the socially conscious songs of Fantastic Negrito on Please Don’t Be Dead and Bettye Lavette’s Bob Dylan tribute Things Have Changed; to the British blues rock collaboration on Buddy Guy’s The Blues Is Alive and Well; to the multi-faceted fusions of the Stanley Clarke Band’s The Message, Shuggie Otis’s Inter-Fusion, and Serpentwithfeet’s Soil; to the folk rock of AHI’s In Our Time and the countrified soul of  Priscilla Renea’s Coloured; to the black metal of Zeal and Ardor’s Stranger Fruit; and last but not least, the foundational rock and roll on The Ballads of  Fats Domino.

Seminal jazz releases this month include Kamasi Washington’s two-disc Heaven and Earth and Dr. Michael White’s Tricentennial Rag honoring New Orlean’s 300th birthday. Yet another tribute album is Lurrie Bell & the Bell Dynasty’s Tribute to Carey Bell, featuring the four accomplished sons of the legendary Chicago blues harpist.

Also featured is gospel singer Javen’s latest album, Grace; the collaboration connecting Sengalese kora master Diali Cissokho and North Carolina band Kaira Ba on Routes; Lamont Dozier’s Reimagination of tracks previously written for other artists; and the Little Freddie King compilation Fried Rice & Chicken featuring his best tracks from the Orlean’s label. Wrapping up this issue is our list of June 2018 Releases of Note in all genres.

June 2018 Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during June 2018—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
Angelique Francis: Kissed by the Blues (digital)
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels & Lucinda Williams:  Vanished Gardens (Capitol/Blue Note)
John Brim: Detroit to Chicago – Tough Blues of John Brim 1950-1956 (Jasmine)
Lonnie Johnson: Blues Stay Away From Me: Selected Singles 1947-1953 (Jasmine)
Various: Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris (Dust to Digital)
Various: Tribute – Celebration of Delmark’s 65th Anniversary (Delmark)
Various: Rough Guide to Hokum Blues (World Music Network)

Classical, Broadway
Audra McDonald/NewYork Philharmonic: Sing Happy (Decca Gold)
Gurrumul: Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (Skinnyfish Music)
Kukuruz Quartet: Julius Eastman Piano Interpretations (Intakt)

Comedy, Spoken Word
Michael Brooks: Watch This   (Wasted Robot)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Ashtani: Space, Fire, and Someone (Collective Clearing Frequencies)
Benin City: Last Night (Moshi Moshi)
Big Freedia: 3rd Ward Bounce EP (Asylum)
DJ Spooky: Presents Phantom Dancehall (VP)
Emilie Nana: The Reign of Obsolete Technology EP (BBE)
Magic Drum Orchestra: DNA of Rhythm (Tru Thoughts)
Yuno: Moodie (Sub Pop)

Gospel, Christian
Cortney Richardson: DO It Again (digital)
Cory Ard: The Blackout (digital)
Edwin Hawkins Singers: The Buddah Collection (Retroworld)
Fred Hammond: Best of (RCA Inspiration)
God’s Chosen: S/T (digital) (Dream)
Jasmine Murray: Fearless (Fair Trade)
Lecrae & Zaytoven: Let the Trap Say Amen (digital) (Reach)
Lexi: Just Listen (Motown Gospel)
Na-Tree-Sha: One Step Closer (digital) (WePush Worldwide)
Steven Malcolm: Second City Part 2 EP (Word Ent)
Theotis Taylor: Something Within Me (Big Legal Mess)
Wardlaw Brothers: Stand There (New Day Ent.)

International
Abra Cadabra: Feature Boy EP (No Problem)
Dumi RIGHT: Doing It the Right Way (pH Music)
Jupiter & Okwess: Kin Sonic  (Everloving)
Mike Nyoni & Born Free: My Own Thing (Now Again)
Nsimbi: S/T (Imara)
Pierre Sandwidi: Le Troubadour De La Savane, 1978/1982 (Born Bad)
Professor Rhythm: Professor 3 (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Samba Toure:  Wande (Glitterbeat)
Various: Listen All Around – Golden Age of Central and East African Music (Dust to Digital)
Various: Disques Debs International An Island Story – Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise 1960-1972 (Strut)

Jazz
Adam & Kizzie: Book Of Eedo Vol. 3: Threedo (Ropeadope)
Binker & Moses: Alive in the East (Gearbox)
Black Art Jazz Collective: Armor of Pride (Highnote)
Buster Williams: Audacity (Smoke Sessions)
Byron Miller: Gift Psychobass2 (Byron Miller Studio)
Cyrille Aimée: Live (Mack Ave.)
Dayramir Gonzalez: Grand Concourse (Machat)
Eddie Daniels: Heart of Brazil (Resonance)
Emanative: Earth (Jazzman)
Geoffrey Keezer ft. Gillian Margot: On My Way To You (DL Media)
Gregory Generet & Richard Johnson: Two of a Kind (Afar Music)
Hungry March Band: Running Through with the Sadness (Imaginator)
Javier Santiago: Phoenix (Ropeadope)
JD Allen: Love Stone (Savant)
John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album     (Impulse!)
Justin Brown:  Nyeusi (digital) (Biophilia)
Kobie Watkins Grouptet: Movement (Origin)
Kris Brownlee: Breathe Night Sessions (Megawave)
Marcus Miller: Laid Black (Blue Note)
Mark Kavuma: Kavuna (Ubuntu Music)
Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet: Contra/Fact (Astral Spirits)
PJ Morgan: Transparency Project (1DMV Music Group)
R+R=NOW: Collagically Speaking (Blue Note)
Robert E. Person: Classic Covers (digital)
Shamie Royston: Beautiful Liar (Sunnyside)
Sullivan Fortner: Moments Preserved (Impulse!)
Tiffany Austin: Unbroken (Con Alma Music)
Tosin Aribisala: Afrika Rising (Ropeadope)
Water Seed: Say Yeah!! Live at the Blue Nile (Water Seed Music)

Latin
Cuban Beats All Stars: Levantate (Timba)
Dos Santos: Logos (International Anthem)
Harold Lopez-Nussa: Un Día Cualquiera (Mack Ave.)

R&B, Soul
Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: The Midnight Hour (Linear Labs)
Danie Ocean Band: Love Won’t Let Me Fail (Winding Way)
Dee Brown: Remembering You (Innervision)
Jorja Smith: Lost & Found (FAMM)
Kadhja Bonet: Childqueen (Fat Possum)
Kenny Latimore: Never Too Busy: The Anthology (Soulmusic)
Kirkland Project: We Shall Overcome (digital)
Love Unlimited: Singles 1972-75 (Mercury)
Love Unlimited Orchestra: 20th Century Records Singles 1973-79 (Mercury)
Neyo: Good Man (Motown)
Pat Powell: About Time (digital) (Bamboozle Music)
The Beginning of the End: Funky Nassau: Definitive Collection (Strut)
Tower of Power: Soul Side of Town  (Artistry Music)
Vicktor Taiwò: Joy Comes in Spirit (Innovative Leisure)

Rap, Hip Hop
Canibus: Full Spectrum Dominance (ThatsHipHop)
03 Greedo: God Level (Alamo)
Allan Kingdom: Peanut Butter Prince (digital) (First Gen.)
Cool-Aid: BRWN (Akashik )
Black Thought: Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 (digital) (Human Re Sources)
Bump J: I Don’t Feel Rehabilitated (Goon Squad Ent.)
Chief Keef: Ottopsy EP (digital) (RBC)
Dizzy Wright: Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done (digital EP)
DJ Harrison: Stashboxxx (Ropeadope)
Drake: Scorpion (digital) (Republic)
E-40: Gift of Gab (digital)
Eligh: Last House on the Block (Empire)
Freddie Gibbs: Freddie (digital) (Empire)
Freeway: Think Free (digital) (Roc Nation)
Gorillaz: The Now Now (Parlophone)
Gunplay: Active (digital)(Empire)
IAMDDB: Flight Mode Vol. 4 (digital) (Union IV)
Stalin: Tears of Joy 2 (Livewire)
Jacquees: 4275 (digital) (Cash Money)
Jay Rock: Redemption (Top Dawg/Interscope)
Jedi Mind Tricks: The Bridge & the Abyss (Enemy Soil)
Kanye West: Ye (digital) (Def Jam)
Kanye West & Kid Cudi: Kids See Ghosts (digital)  (Def Jam)
Lil Scrappy: Confident (X-Ray)
Locksmith & Apollo Brown:  No Question (Mello Music Group)
Michael Christmas: Role Model (Fool’s Gold)
Migos & DJ Smoke: Migology (Wagram)
Mo Cash: Closest Man 2 God (digital)
Nas: Nasir (digital)
nobigdyl: Solar (Capital Christian)
Phresher: PH (digital) (Empire)
Ras Kass: Van Gogh (digital)
Rico Nasty: Nasty (digital)(Atlantic)
Slum Village: Lost Scrolls 2 (Ne’Astra Music Group)
The Carters: Everything Is Love (digital) (Tidal)
Trae That Truth: 48 Hours Later (ABN)
Various: Superfly (Soundtrack) (Epic)
Various: Uncle Drew (Soundtrack) (RCA)
Various: Boombox 3: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro & Disco Rap (Soul jazz)
Various: Don’t Get Caught (Soundtrack)(Shot)
Various: Jermaine Dupri Presents So So Def 25 (Sony)
Waka Flocka Flame: Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4 (Bricksquad)
Youngboy Never Broke Again: Until Death Call My Name: Reloaded (digital)

Reggae
Alborosie: Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets The Wailers United (VP)
Culture: Remembering Joseph Hill (VPAL Music)
Jah9: Field Trip (digital) (VP)
Rebelution: Free Rein (Easy Star)

May 2018 Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during May 2018—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
Charles A. Asbury: 4 Banjo Songs, 1891-1897 (Archeophone)
Larry Garner: Live At The Tivoli (Weinerworld)
Lurrie Bell & the Bell Dynasty: Tribute To Carey Bell (Delmark)
Memphis Minnie: Killer Diller Blues (Wolf)
Odetta: The Albums Collection 1954-62 (Acrobat)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Ben LaMar Gay: Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun
Big Sam’s Funky Nation: Songs in the Key of Funk
Brownout: Fear of a Brown Planet (Fat Beats)
Dug Pinnick: Tribute To Jimi (Rat Pak)
Emily Johnson: Open Your Heart EP (Tarpan)
Free Radicals: No State Solution
Joan Armatrading: Not Too Far Away (BMG)
Mndsgn: Wanna Be Your Man (Stones Throw)
Nuex: Affextus EP (digital)
Sudan Archives: Sink (Stones Throw)
Welshly Arms: No Place Is Home (Republic)

Gospel
C-Micah: Reverence (4 Streams Media)
Dee Black: Flight Club (HISstory Music Group)
Jabari Johnson: Day of Redemption (Light)
Jackie Hill Perry: Crescendo (Fair Trade/Columbia)
Jason Nelson: The Answer (RCA)
Morgan Minsk: Praise
Phil Thompson: My Worship (digital)

International
3MA: Anarouz (Six Degrees)
Fatoumata Diawara: Fenfo (Something To Say) (Shanachie)
Molly Tigre: S/T
Ntoni Denti d’Oro: Cape Verde (Ocaora Radio France)

Jazz
Alex Conde: Originas (Ropeadope/Uprising)
Allen Harris: The Genius of Eddie Jefferson (Resilience Music)
Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince: Eternal Survival EP (Mack Ave)
Christian Sands: Reach Further EP (digital) (Mack Ave)
Curtis Haywood: Summer Breeze (Smooth Sounds Ent.)
Dana Murray & Manifesto: Negro Manifesto (Ropeadope)
Dave McMurray: Music is Life (Blue Note)
Diana Purim & Eyedentity: Many Bodies, One Mind
Eddie Harris: Listen Here: Very Best of  (Varese Sarabande)
Eddie Henderson: Be Cool (Smoke Sessions)
Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe (Pametto)
Freelance: Yes Today (Revive Music Group)
Gerald Albright: 30 (Bright Music)
Grant Green: Slick! – Live at Oil Can Harry’s (Resonance)
Grant Green: Funk In France: Paris to Antibes (Resonance)
Henry Threadgill: Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
Henry Threadgill: Dirt. And More Dirt (Pi)
Hugh Masekela: 66-’76 (3 CDs) (Wrasse)
Jeff Denson: Outside My Window (Ridgeway)
Joey Alexander: Eclipse
Jonathan Barber: Vision Ahead
Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)
Jowee Omicil: Love Matters! (Jazz Village)
Kamaal Williams: Return (Black Focus)
Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (Blue Note)
McClenty Hunter Jr.: Groove Hunter (Strikezone)
Shirley Horn: With Friends (Verve)
Thomas Bramerie Trio: Side Stories (Jazz Eleven)
Tia Fuller: Diamond Cut (Mack Ave.)
Tim Warfield: Jazzland (Criss Cross)
Ghost-Note: Swagism (Ropeadope)

R&B, Soul
Abiah: Abiah Sings Nina (Madoh Music Group)
Billy Preston: Live in Central Park New York 1973 (Mega Dodo)
Bobbye Doll Johnson: When a Woman’s Had Enough (Aviara Music)
Cecily: Songs of Love and Freedom (Harmonious Grits, LLC)
Charles Bradley: Living on Soul (DVD) (The Orchard)
Corneille: Love & Soul (Wagram Music)
Fats Domino: The Ballads Of Fats Domino (Bear Family)
Jeffrey Osborne: Worth It All (Mack Ave.)
K. Avett: Lioness
KaraJishi: Realm EP
Lamont Dozier: Reimagination (Goldenlane)
Leon Bridges: Good Thing (Columbia)
N’Dambi and All Cows Eat Grass: Air Castle EP (Alpha Pup)
Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy: Let Your Light Shine On (MPS)
Otis Redding: Dock of the Bay Sessions (Atlantic)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: Are You One Of Jay’s Kids? (Manifesto)
Shirley Ellis: Three Six Nine! – Best Of (Ace)
Sonta: In My Feelings (Machine Ent. Group)
Temptations: All the Time (Ume)

Rap, Hip Hop
A$AP Rocky: Testing (RCA)
Aaron Cole: Virginia Boy (Gotee)
Ace Hood: Trust the Process II: Undefeated (digital) (Empire)
Bali Baby: Baylor Swift (digital) (Twin)
Big Scoob: Duality (digital) (Strange Music)
Camp Lo: Candy Land Xpress – The Mixtape (Cleopatra)
City Girls: Period (digital)
Dynospectrum: S/T (20th anniv. Vinyl ed.) (Rhymesayers)
Guru: Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 (25th Anniv. Ed.) (Ume Urban Legends)
Joey Cool: S/T (Strange Music)
Junglepussy: JP3 (digital)
Kyle: Light of Mine (Atlantic)
Lil Baby: Harder Than Ever (digital) (Quality Control Music)
Mars Jackson: Good Days Never Last Forever (Misra)
Meyhem Lauren: Glass (SRFSCHL)
Nav: Reckless (XO/Republic)
Nick Grant: Dreamin’ Out Loud (digital) (Epic)
Pawz One & Robin Da Landlord: Sell Me A Dream (Below System)
Philthy Rich: N.E.R.N.L. 4 (Empire)
Planet Asia: Mansa Musa (X-Ray)
Playboi Carti: Die Lit (digital) (Interscope)
Pusha T: Daytona (digital) (Def Jam)
Rae Sremmurd: SR3MM (digital) (Interscope)
Saweetie: High Maintenance (Warner Bros.)
Stalley: Tell the Truth Shame the Devil, Vol. 3 (digital)
Styles P (The LOX): G-Host (The Phantom Ent.)
Suspect: Still Loading (digital) (Rinse)
Tee Grizzley: Activated (digital) (300 Ent.)
Tobe Nwigwe: The Originals (digital)
YFN Lucci: Ray Ray from Summerhill (Think It’s A Game)
Zaytoven: Trapholizay (digital) (UMG)

Reggae
Kabaka Pyramid: Kontraband (Bebble Rock)
Kingly T: Got It All (digital)
Linval Thompson: Dub Landing Vols. 1 & 2 (Greensleeves)
Mad Professor: Electro Dubclubbing (Ariwa Sounds)
U-Roy: Talking Roots (Ariwa Sounds)
Ziggy Marley: Rebellion Rises (Tuff Gong)

May 2017 Releases of Note

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

Blues, Folk, Country
Harrison Kennedy: Who U Tellin’? (Electro-Fi)
Lindsay Alexander: Two Cats (Delmark)
Tony Jackson: S/T (DDS Ent.)
Various: Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues (World Music Network)
Various: American Epic: The Collection (Box Set) (Legacy)

Comedy, Spoken Word
Clayton English: All the Same (Comedy Dynamics)
Flip Wilson: Cowboys & Colored People (Wounded Bird)
Flip Wilson: You Devil You   (Wounded Bird)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Bobby Saint: Unholy EP (Shoot To Kill Music)
Chastity Brown: Silhouette of Sirens (Red House)
Mtume: Prime Time: The Epic Anthology (SoulMusic)
The New Respects: Here Comes Trouble (Credential)
Ziggy Funk: Boxer’s Fracture (BBE)

Gospel, Contemporary Christian
Alice Coltrane: World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop)
Ben Tankard:  Full Tank 3: Cantankerous (Ben-Jammin Universal)
Como Mamas: Move Upstairs (Daptone)
Jermaine Dolly: Dolly Express (By Any Means Necessary)
LaVarnga Hubbard: Better Is Coming (eOne)
Mandisa: Out of the Dark (Sparrow/Capitol)
Sherwin Gardner: Greater (Tyscot)

Jazz
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones: UFO Tofu (Warner Bros.)
Camille Thurman: Inside the Moment (Chesky )
Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul (Motéma Music)
Christian Sands: Live From Jazz at the Bistro (Mack Avenue)
Eclectik Percussions Orchestra & Olive Lake: Traces De Vie (Passin’ Thru)
Heliocentrics:  A World of Masks (Soundway)
Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul – Live in NYC (Resonance)
Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die (International Anthem)
Julian Vaughn: Bona Fide (Trippin’ & Rhythm)
Lionel Loueke: The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke   (Earshift)
Louis Hayes: Serenade For Horace (Blue Note)
Matthew Shipp, Mat Walerian, William Parker: This Is Beautiful Because We Are
Beautiful People (ESP Disk)
Naturally 7: Both Sides Now (Warner)
Oliver Lake & Joseph Bowie: Live At “A Space” 1976 (Sackville)
Patti LaBelle: Bel Hommage (GPE)
Pieces of a Dream: Just Funkin’ Around (Shanachie)
Richard Dowling: Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin (3CD set) (Rivermont)
Sean Jones: Live from Jazz at the Bistro (Mack Avenue)
Skinny Hightower: Emotions (Trippin & Rhythm)
Teodross Avery: Post Modern Trap Music (Katalyst Ent.)
Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (OST) (Sam Records/Saga)
Theo Hill: Promethean (Posi-Tone)
Various: Jazz Ladies 1924-1962 (Naxos)
Various: Savory Collection Vol. 3, Honeysuckle Rose: Fats Waller and Friends
(National Jazz Museum in Harlem )
William Appling: Scott Joplin: The Complete Rags, Waltzes & Marches (W.A.S.O.)
Ragan Whiteside: Treblemaker (Randis Music)

R&B, Soul
Albert King: Stax Classics (Stax/Concord)
Bob Holmes: Nashville Soul   (Ace/Kent)
Booker T. & The MG’s: Stax Classics (Stax/Concord)
Carla Thomas: Stax Classics  (Stax/Concord)
Clarence Daniels Orchestra: Hard Workin: West Coast Big Band R&B Grooves (Ace/Kent)
Darien Dean: Departures (My Mouth Music)
Dramatics: Stax Classics (Stax/Concord)
Don Bryant: Don’t Give Up on Love (Fat Possum)
Eric Roberson: Earth (Blue Erro Soul)
Freddie North: What Are You Doing To Me – Complete A-Bet Recordings (Kent)
Goapele: Dreamseeker EP (Skyblaze)
Isaac Hayes: Stax Classics (Stax/Concord)
Jeanette Jones: Dreams All Come True (Playback)
Johnnie Taylor: Stax Classics  (Stax/Concord)
LeToya Luckett: Back 2 Life (eOne)
Maysa: Love is a Battlefield (Shanachie)
Otis Redding: Stax Classics (Stax/Concord)
Ruth B: Safe Haven (Columbia)
Sam & Dave: Stax Classics (Stax/Concord)
Staple Singers: Stax Classics  (Stax/Concord)
Various: Shrine – Rarest Soul Label Vol. 2 (Kent)
Various: The Big Beat: Dave Bartholomew Songbook (Ace/Kent)
Various: Dreamgirls (Original London Cast Recording) (Sony Classical)
Various: Virtue Recording Studio (Tramp)
Various: Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song OST (Stax/Concord)
William Bell: Stax Classics (Stax/Concord)

Rap
Azizi Gibson: Memoirs of the Reaper (Prehistoric)
B.O.B.: Ether (Empire)
Big L: The Big Picture (reissue) (RPG)
Brother Ali: All the Beauty in This Whole Life (Rhymesayers)
Buddy & Kaytranada: Ocean & Montana EP (Cool Lil Company)
Daylyt & Willie B: Let There B Lyt (Champions Only 98)
David Banner: The God Box (Banner Vision)
Dr. Octagon: Dr. Octagonecologyst (Vinyl box reissue) (Get On Down)
Endemic Emerald & Skanks The Rap Martyr: Rapsploitation (No Cure)
Faith Evans and the Notorious B.I.G.: The King & I (Rhino)
Gucci Mane: Droptopwop (Atlantic)
Insight The Truncator: Ears Hear Spears (Redefinition)
Jus-P: Supafriendz 2 (Chambermusik)
K.A.A.N. & Klaus Layer: Abstractions (Redefinition)
Kid Ink: 7 Series (RCA)
Lil Darrion: Blame the Streets (Black Market)
Lil Yachty: Teenage Emotions (Quality Control Music)
Logic:  Everybody (Def Jam)
Molecules & Showbiz: A Bronx Tale (Legion)
Montana of 300: Don’t Doubt the God (eOne)
Nef the Pharaoh: The Chang Project  (Sick Wid It)
Philthy Rich: Loyalty B4 Royalty 4 (Black Market)
Quelle Chris: Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often (Mello Music)
Snoop Dogg: Neva Left (Empire)
Stik Figa: Central Standard Time (Mello Music)
The Underachievers: Renaissance (RPM Music)

Reggae, Dancehall
Cornell Campbell: Ropin’ (Radiation Roots)
King Tubby: Shalom Dub (Radiation Roots)
Morgan Heritage: Avrakedabra  (CTBC)
Techniques & Friends: Winston Riley’s Rock Steady & Early Reggae 1968-1969 (Dubstore)

World, Latin
Erik Aliana & Pickett: Just My Soul   (Buda Musique)
Kanazoe Orkestra: Miriya (Buda Musique)
Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu of Ethiopia (Strut)
Oumou Sangaré: Mogoya (No Format!)
Quantic/Nidia Gongora: Curao (Tru Thoughts)
Timbila & Chartwell Dutiro :  Sadza With the Head of A Mouse (Lion Songs)
Various: Afro Rap: L’Album  (Wagram Music)
Various: Putumayo Presents Cuba! Cuba! (Putumayo)

Regina Carter – Ella: Accentuate the Positive

Regina Carter
Title: Ella: Accentuate the Positive

Artist: Regina Carter

Label: Okeh/Sony Masterworks

Format: CD, MP3

Release Date: April 21, 2017

 

Jazz violinist Regina Carter’s newest album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, is an ode to the music of Ella Fitzgerald in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the singer’s birth.  Featuring nine arrangements of Fitzgerald’s songs, this album puts Carter’s imagination on full display.  This is not her first foray into Fitzgerald’s catalog, having recorded both “Oh, Lady Be Good” and “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” on previous albums.  For this project, though, Carter goes deeper into Fitzgerald’s music, recording not only her well known tunes but also some lesser known songs, such as “Judy” and “I’ll Never Be Free.”

Carter’s technique is flawless throughout the album, but highlights include her wide vibrato on “All My Life,” as well as her blues slides on “I’ll Chase the Blues Away.” One of the best takes on Ella’s work is on “I’ll Never Be Free.” Carter’s version becomes a gospel blues song, but the tone of her instrument still holds onto and exemplifies the clarity of Fitzgerald’s voice.  In this way, Carter’s arrangements evoke a variety of genres, including jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B, to name a few. Two of the tracks on the album feature vocalists Miche Braden and Carla Cook, and  Carter’s interaction with them, particularly on “Undecided,” is impressive. Other collaborators on the album include bassist Chris Lightcap, drummer Alvester Garnett, pianist Xavier Davis and guitarist Marvin Sewell.

Carter has a long history of drawing on influences in her personal life for her music. I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (2006) features her mother’s favorite jazz standards, whereas in Southern Comfort (2014) she traces and interprets her own heritage through music.  In Ella, Carter reimagines Fitzgerald’s catalog, retaining her spirit but giving her listeners a fresh take on old classics.  The result is a stunning combination of range, with Carter expanding on the depth and creativity already so present in Fitzgerald’s work.

Reviewed by Allie Martin

January 2016 Releases of Note

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

Blues, Folk, Country
T Bone Walker: Texas Guitar-From Dallas To L.A. (remastered) (Friday Music)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Alyson Cambridge: Until Now (Suite 28/Naxos)
Doran Stucky Studer Tacuma: Call Me Melium – Music of Jimi Hendrix (Double Moon)
Skunk Anansie: Anarchytecture (Universal Ireland)
Bloc Party: Hymns (BMG/Infectious Music/Vagrant)
Danko Jones: Live At Wacken CD/DVD ( UDR)
Pure Hell: Noise Addiction (CD+DVD expanded ed.) (Cherry Red)

Gospel, Gospel Rap, CCM
Conrad Miller: Thankful (Millcon Music Ministires)
Canton Jones:  I am Justice (Cajo International)
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers: The Millennium Collection (Motown Gospel)
J. Moss: GFG Reload (Pmg Gospel)
Lynda Randle: Ageless Hymns (Gaither)
Regina Belle: Day Life Began (Shanachie)
Various: Wow Gospel 2016 (20-20 Ent.)
Various: God Cares For U-Give Him Glory (Tyscot)
William McDowell: Sounds of Revival (eOne)

Broadway
Various: The Color Purple (New Broadway Cast Recording) (Broadway)

Comedy
Ron Funches: The Funches Of Us (Comedy Dynamics)

Jazz
Aruán Oritz: Hidden Voices   (Intakt)
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels: I Long to See You (Blue Note)
Dr. Lonnie Smith: Evolution  (Blue Note)
Grant Green: 1961 Summer Sessions (American Jazz Classics)
Jason Marsalis: Heirs of the Crescent City (OST) (Elm)
Jazz Funk Soul: More Serious Business (Shanachie)
Jeremy Pelt: #JiveCulture (HighNote)
Jim Cullum Jazz Band/William Warfield: Porgy And Bess Live (Riverwalk)
Joseph Dailey: The Tuba Trio Chronicles (JoDa Music)
Mack Avenue Super Band: Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival 2015 (Mack Ave.)
Miles Davis: Paul’s Mall. Boston September 1972 (Hi Hat)
Nina Simone:  Complete 1959-61 Live Recordings (Essential Jazz Classics)
Parker, Gayle, Drake:  Live at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz     (Jazzwerkstatt)
Smith/Taborn/Maneri: The Bell (ECM)
Three’s Company: We’ll Be Together Again   (Naxos)
Willie Jones III: Groundwork (WJ3)
Art Sherrod Jr : Intervention (Pacific Coast Jazz)
Nicolas Bearde (ft. Nat Adderley Jr.): Invitation (Right Groove)

R&B, Soul
Adrian Younge: Something About April II (Linear Labs)Alexander O`Neal: Complete Single Collection (Tabu)
Ango-Saxon Brown: Songs For Evolution (Expanded Ed. – 1st CD release) (Cherry Red)
Ashford & Simpson: Gimme Something Real (expanded ed.) (BBR)
Drifters: Complete Releases 1953-62 (Acrobat)
Rose Royce: In Full Bloom: Expanded Edition (BBR)
S.O.S. Band : Complete Single Collection (Tabu)
Tank: Sex Love & Pain II (Atlantic)
Various: Ohio Soul (History of Soul)

Rap, Hip Hop
B Legit: Throwblock Muzic (Black Armor)
Guilty Simpson & Small Professor: Highway Robbery (vinyl) (Coalmine Music)
Koncept & J57: Fuel EP (Kon57)
Wordsworth/Donel Smokes: New Beginning (Worldwide Communications)
337 MAFIA: L.A.D.’s Ambition (eOne)
Alpha Wann: Alpha Lauren 2 (Don Dada)
Anderson Paak: Malibu (Steel Wool / Obe)
Beneficence: Basement Chemistry (Ill Adrenaline)
Big L: Lifestylez Of Da Poor & Dangerous Deluxe Edition Box set (Get On Down)
Blanco/YG/DB Tha General : California Livin’ (Guerrilla Ent)
Boy Boy Young Me$$ (Messy Marv): The Money In The Bitch Purse’ Collabs Vol.4 (Dlk Ent.)
D.I.T.C.: Remix Project (Deluxe Ed.) (Alliance)
Daz-N-Snoop: Cuzznz  (Dogg Pound)
GainesFM: Reanimation (FreeMinds Music Group)
K-Def: Unpredictable Gemini / The Way It Was (Redefinition)
Kevin Gates: Islah (Bread Winners Assoc./Atlantic)
Shabaam Sahdeeq: Modern Artillery (vinyl)  (Elite Fleet)
Talib Kweli: Fuck the Money (Javotti Media)
The Game: Doc 2/2.5 Collector’s Edition (eOne)
Torae : Entitled (Alliance Import)
Tricky: Skilled Mechanics (K7)
Various: Straight Outta Compton: Music From The Motion Picture (Capitol)
Z-Ro: I Found Me Vol. 2 (RBC)
Ksi: Keep Up EP (Island )

Reggae, Dancehall
Jacob Miller: Who Say Jah No Dread (remastered ed.) (VP)
Various: STUDIO ONE Showcase: The Sound Of Studio One In The 1970s (Soul Jazz)

World
Buyepongo: Todo Mundo (Buyepongo)
Baaba Maal: Traveller (Plus +180)
Black Kent: Morceaux D’Un Homme (Polydor (France)
Domingo Justus: Juju Music In Nigeria 1928 Vol 1   (Asherah)
Kumasi Trio: Fanti Guitar In West Africa 1928 Vol 1 (Asherah)
Muyiwa: Eko Ile (Riversongz Ltd)
Salute: Gold Rush EP (vinyl) (PIAS America)
Various: Soul Sok Séga’ (Strut)
Various: Bahamian Rake-n-Scrape (Smithsonian Folkways)

August 2013 Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released the previous month that are on our hot list — some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues/Folk/Rock:

Alabama Red: Ghetto Blues (Wolf)
AlunaGeorge:  Body Music (Vagrant)
Black Joe Lewis: Electric Slave (Vagrant)
Blind Lemon Jefferson: Rough Guide (World Music Network)
Blind Willie Johnson: Rough Guide (World Music Network)
Bo Diddley: The Singles Collection ( Not Now Music)
Masters of Memphis Blues (4 CD set, JSP)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: The Singles Collection (Not Now Music)
Toronzo Cannon: John the Conquer Root (Delmark  )
Valerie June: Pushin’ Against A Stone (Concord)

Classical:
Marlissa Hudson: Lust (self-released)

Gospel:
Ashmont Hill: The Maze (Axiom)
Bishop Neal Roberson & Macedonia Mass Choir: Keep Holding On (Broken Chains)
Brooklyn Allstars: Live in Richmond, VA (4 Winds)
Curtis Dean & Tribe of Judah: 2 Chronicles 7:14 (self-released)
Darrell Luster: A Mighty Big God (4 Winds)
Denita Gibbs:  Without You (Audiostate 55 Entertainment  )
Dexter Walker & Zion Movement: Greater Than Before (E1)
Fantastic Violinaires:  Live in Richmond, VA (4 Winds)
Golden Wings Quartet: Live in Richmond, VA (4 Winds)
Larry McCullough & CG: The Morning (Emtro)
Lemmie Battles: Testify (Ashro / E1)
Mandisa: Overcomer   (Sparrow/Universal)
Mighty Aires: Can’t Give Up Now (self-released)
Sheena Lee: Destiny (self-released)
Soulfruit: Art of Distinction (Soulfruit)

Jazz:
Christian McBride Trio: Out Here (Mack Avenue)
Creole Joe Band: Creole Joe Band (PRA)
Cyrus Chestnut: Soul Brother Cool (WJ3)
Derrick Hodge: Live Today (Blue Note)
Harold O’Neal: Man on the Street (Bluroc)
Jacques Lesure: When She Smiles (WJ3)
John Coltrane: Afro Blue Impressions (expanded ed.) (Concord)
Lebron: Shades (Cutmore)
Pieces of a Dream: In the Moment (Shanachie)
Sam Sanders:  Mirror, Mirror  (180 Proof / Fat Beat)
Theo Parrish: Black Jazz Signature (Snow Dog Records)
Warren Wolf: Wolfgang (Mack Avenue)

R&B/Soul/Funk:
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages: Dig Thy Savage Soul  (Bloodshot)
Beating the Petrillo Ban: The Late December 1947 Modern Sessions (Ace)
Charles Bradley: Soul of America (DVD) (Daptone)
Don-E: Little Star (Dome)
Eddie Horan: I’m Gonna Speak Out (HDM)
Etta James: Original Album Classics (box set) (Sony/Legacy)
Foxy R&B: Richard Stamz Chicago Blues (Ace)
Gloria Gaynor: Park Avenue Sound (1st CD reissue) (Big Break)
Justine Skye: Everyday Living EP (download only) (Atlantic)
K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul  (Atlantic)
Marques Houston: Famous (Shanachie)
Process & the Doo Rags: Too Sharp (expanded ed.) (Razor & Tie)
South Side of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Omnivore Recordings (Universal)
Terrace Martin: 3chordfold (Akai Music)
TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank): Three Kings (Atlantic)
Will Preston: #reacquainted (West King Entertainment)

Rap/Hip Hop:
August Alsina: Downtown Life Under the Gun EP (Island)
A$AP Ferd: Trap Lord (RCA)
Big Sean: Hall of Fame (Def Jam)
Canibus: Almighty 2nd Coming (RBC)
Daz & WC: Westcoast Gangsta Shit (Dogg Pound)
Db Tha General: No CB4 (Empire Distribution)
Dice Raw: Jimmy’s Back (Raw Life)
Dizzy Wright: The Golden Age (mixtape, download only)
Earl Sweatshirt: Doris (Columbia)
Everlast: The Life Acoustic (Martyr/Long Branch)
Goodie Mob: Age Against The Machine (Alliance Entertainment)
Hi Power Entertainment Presents South Side Love (3 CD set)
Jered Sanders: While You Were Waiting EP (download only, DJBooth)
JJ Doom: Keys To The Kuffs (Extended Anniversary Dx. Edition) (Lex)
Juicy J: Stay Trippy (Taylor Gang)
King Krule: 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (True Panther Sounds)
Krizz Kaliko: Son of Sam (Strange Music)
Maxwell Benson: Dawn of a New Day (Maxwell Benson Ent.)
Maybach Music Group: Self Made Vol. 3 (Maybach)
Miss Lady Pinks: Trust No Man (High Power Entertainment)
No Malice: Hear Ye Him (download only, Re-up Gang)
Oh No: Oh No vs. Now Again Two (Now Again)
Rapsody: She Got Game (free mixtape at Dattpiff.com)
Ras G: Back on the Planet (Brainfeeder)
Rich Quick: Sad Songz EP (Ben Frank Recordings)
Shaheed & DJ Supreme: Knowledge, Rhythm & Understanding (Communicating Vessels)
Stevie Stone: 2 Birds 1 Stone (Strange Music)
Vado:  Hated  (Crime Set)
Young Merger: Live from Chiraq (Merger Music)
YSG: Young Star Gang (Black Market)

Reggae/Ska/Dancehall:
Errol Bellot: Youthman, the Lost Album (Reggae Archive)
Keyser Soze: The Remedy (Megalith)
Mighty Diamonds: Pass the Knowledge (Reggae Anthology series,  VP)
Rockpalast: Reggae Legends Vol. 1 (DVD)  (Made in Germany MUSI)
Vybz Kartel: Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, Incarcerated But Not Silenced (Whirlwind/VP)

World/Latin:
Ellen Oléria: Ellen Oléria (Universal Brazil)
Esso Trinidad Steel Band (reissue) (Minky)
Mario Adnet: Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos (Boranda Music/CD Baby)
Mumuzinho: Ao Vivo (Facil Brazil)