Welcome to the June 2015 Black Music Month edition of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.
For your summertime reading, we’re featuring three new books by our research associates and colleagues: African American Music: An Introduction (2nd edition), edited by Mellonee V. Burnim and Portia K. Maultsby; Rap and Hip Hop Culture by Fernando Orejuela; and A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music by Robert M. Marovich.
Jazz and blues selections include The Epic, a 3-disc debut album from saxophonist Kamasi Washington; So Many Things: The European Tour, 1961 by the John Coltrane Quintet featuring Eric Dolphy; On a Turquoise Cloud by Candice Hoyes, featuring Ellington songs for soprano; Bessie – Music from The HBO Film with Queen Latifah; and Blues Shock by Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues.
Under the R&B/soul/funk/rock umbrella is More Than Love, the first ConFunkShun album in 20 years; Didactic Interstice: Equilibria Vol. 1 from the Charlotte, North Carolina band Soulganic; Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes; the Mavis Staples EP Your Good Fortune; and the Billy Ward and his Dominoes compilation The Complete Federal/King Singles.
Gospel selections include the new release #Getitdone by Lonnie Hunter, and the Numero Group compilation Saved and Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label. Also featured in this issue is Sin Fronteras by the world music collective Brooklyn Gypsies; Soul Veggies by the Philly emcees Mega Ran & Storyville; and An Enlightened Contagion by the hip-hop/R&B duo Redland.
Wrapping up this issue is our list of May 2015 releases of note.