July 6th, 2011
Our lede this month is a tribute to reggae artist Peter Tosh, with reviews of the new Legacy reissues of his seminal albums Equal Rights and Legalize It, and the new biography by Colin Grant, The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, and Wailer. Other reissues featured this month include landmark albums by Ike & Tina Turner, Booker T & the MG’s, and the Black Rock Coalition’s 25th anniversary compilation Black Rock Reparations vol. 2. Under the broad umbrella of world music, there are albums by K. Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas, Blitz the Ambassador, and Alexander Abreu, along with new gospel releases by Kirk Franklin and Deitrick Haddon. Our hip hop selections include the book Dirty South by Ben Westhoff, plus underground albums from “Dirty South” artist G-Side, the Sacramento rap crew CUF (California Underground Funk), and a jazz-influenced mixtape from L.A. producer Blu. Last but not least is the album simply titled Brahms, featuring cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Awadagin Pratt.
Review Genre(s): African American Culture & History