June 1st, 2012
Welcome to the June issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This month we’re featuring the newly re-mastered, expanded and enhanced edition of Little Richard’s 1957 classic album Here’s Little Richard plus three more compilations: The Best of Perception & Today Records; The Clovers: The Winley Recordings 1957-62; and Mixed Sugar: The Complete Works, 1970-1987, which includes the funk, soul, and disco catalog of Flint, Michigan producer, singer/songwriter Regional Garland.
New gospel releases include Marvin Sapp’s inspirational DVD/CD I Win and Take 6’s One, featuring the a cappella gospel-jazz quartet’s own unique arrangements of traditional spirituals and gospel standards. New blues releases include B.B. King’s DVD/CD Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2011 and newcomer Gary Clark, Jr.’s The Bright Lights EP.
Under the broad category of world music are two new CDs: Meditations by the Nazarenes, an Ethiopian-born Swedish-based roots reggae group, as well as South African rapper Spoek Mathambo’s Afro-futurist sophomore album Father Creeper. Other rap albums include Mobb Deep’s Black Cocaine EP, DJ Quik’s The Book of David, Seattle duo THEESatisfaction’s awE naturalE, UK rapper Tinie Tempah’s Disc-Overy, Homeboy Sandman’s Subject-Matter, and Wordsmith’s Father’s Day themed project King Noah.
Other reviews this month include Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio, the new Encyclopedia of Black Radio in the United States, 1921-1955, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter’s Be Good, and Acousmatic Sorcery by Chicago-based lo-fi “outsider” artist Willis Earl Beal.
Review Genre(s): African American Culture & History