Welcome to the January 2017 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This month were leading with two big December releases: Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love! and A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service. Other new hip hop and rock releases include Totem Pole from the Philly band Johnny Popcorn (led by Hezekiah), and the trap music of Post Malone on Stoney.
New jazz releases include Pennal Johnson’s Conversations: Live in Chicago, Gregory Porter’s Live in Berlin, Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days, and Kosi’s I Know Who I Am. Also featured is jazz/classical pianist Daahoud Salim’s Erwin Schulhoff: Forbidden Music, Senegalese artist Élage Diouf’s Melokáane, and the Gospel Pioneer Reunion DVD (finally released by the Gaither Music Group after nearly 25 years).
Continuing our annual winter blues theme, there are reviews of Grown Ass Woman by Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire, Cab Driving Man by Mississippi Heat, One of a Kind by Grady Champion, and Live at Rosa’s Lounge by Omar Coleman.
Under the category of reissues and compilations, there’s the first CD release of Dee Dee Sharp’s Songs of Faith, Bobby “Blue” Bland: The Singles Collection, 1951-62, Evelyn “Champagne” King: The Complete RCA Hits and More, and John Lee Hooker: The Modern, Chess & VeeJay Singles Collection, 1949-62.
Wrapping up this issue is our list of December 2016 Releases of Note.