May 2nd, 2016

Welcome to the May 2016 edition of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.

Kicking off this month’s issue is jazz guitarist Anthony Wilson’s Frogtown, a blend of jazz and Americana that serves as a musical tribute to Wilson’s home neighborhood. Other jazz releases include the soundtrack for Don Cheadle’s impressionistic Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, trumpeter Theo Croker’s spaced-out Escape Velocity, and the smooth jazz of Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown’s BWB. We’re also featuring old jazz material that is now being released for the first time, including a recently unearthed Sarah Vaughan performance from 1978, Live at Rosy’s, and a set of recordings made by jazz organist Larry Young in 1964 and 1965, In Paris – The ORTF Recordings.

In hip hop, we have Kanye West’s latest effort Life of Pablo, Anderson.Paak’s Malibu, and Newark rapper Beneficence’s Basement Chemistry. BJ The Chicago Kid blends hip hop with soul on In My Mind.  We’re also featuring another genre-bending album, Santigold’s 99 Cents.

We have The Relatives’ Goodbye World, a new gospel funk release from a group that was not adequately appreciated in its time. This month’s book review is of sumdumhonky, a memoir by R&B pioneer Lloyd Price.

We’re featuring three fusion-oriented world music releases this month: Monistic Theory, an eclectic collaboration between producer Joe Driscoll and kora player Sekou Kouyate; Daby Touré’s diverse Amonafi; and the updated Haitian rara of Ram’s Ram 6: Manmman m se Ginen.

Wrapping up this month’s issue are two expanded Blind Boys of Alabama reissues, Spirit of the Century and Higher Ground, as well as our list of April 2016 Releases of Note.

Review Genre(s): African American Culture & History


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