Welcome to the February 2013 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture. In honor of Black History Month, we’re featuring several projects with historical themes: The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra’s Black Manhattan Vol. 2; the DVD When African Americans Came to Paris which includes segments on James Reese Europe and Jazz in Paris; Wadada Leo Smith’s jazz masterpiece Ten Freedom Summers; drummer Reggie Quinerly’s Music Inspired by Freedman Town; and Harry Belafonte’s autobiography My Song, his biopic Sing Your Song, and the CD The Very Best of Harry Belafonte which document his work as an entertainer, activist and humanitarian.
Also featured are three recent jazz albums by women: drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle, saxophonist Tia Fuller’s Angelic Warrior, and Lekecia Benjamin’s Retox—all drawing from a variety of influences and genres. These are followed by three Latin jazz albums: Pete Escovedo’s Live from Stern Grove, David Álvarez’s Clandestino, and Ninety Miles Live at Cubadisco with the Christian Scott-David Sánchez- Stefon Harris trio.
Rap albums include Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music, while R&B/Soul/Pop is covered by Toro y Moi’s Anything in Return, Macy Gray’s Stevie Wonder tribute Talking Book, Maceo Parker’s Soul Classics, The Floacist’s Floetry Re:Birth, and the deluxe vinyl reissue of D’Angelo’s Voodoo. Gospel is represented by Stellar Award winner Le’Andria Johnson’s new deluxe edition of The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson.
Last but not least is a short feature on new releases with a Valentine’s Day theme: the Destiny’s Child compilation Love Songs and Jeffrey Osborne’s A Time for Love.