June 19th, 2007
Its June which means we’re celebrating Black Music Month as well as the first anniversary of Black Grooves, and we’ve got a stellar line up of new releases and reissues for you to check out. First, we’re honoring the legendary Paul Robeson with reviews of a new Smithsonian Folkways compilation as well as the 4 DVD box set of his films recently issued by the Criterion Collection. Next up is an overview of Lost Sounds: Black and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1918, the companion CD to the book of the same title (be sure to follow the link to a recent interview with author/producer Tim Brooks). Other reissues include King Sunny Ade Gems from the Classic Years and a new Nina Simone CD compilation and TLC video compilation from Sony Legacy. On the classical side, we have an overview of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s 24 Negro Melodies from Albany featuring David Shaffer-Gottschalk at the piano. Rounding out our anniversary issue are the latest releases from Chicago’s favorite female blues singer Koko Taylor, Dayton Ohio native Little Axe, soul-turned-country singer Solomon Burke, and gospel artist Euclid Gray.
Review Genre(s): African American Culture & History