November 1st, 2012

Welcome to the November 2012 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture.

Since this is election month, our featured release is Boots Riley and The Coup’s Sorry to Bother You, an album dedicated to the Occupy Wallstreet movement that has a beat poet vibe and guest appearances by Vernon Reid (Living Colour), the Jazz Mafia Horn Section and a Classical Revolution string trio mixing harmoniously with Das Racist and Killer Mike.

Classical and jazz releases include Violin Music of African-American Composers performed by Tami Lee Hughes, the opera crossover album Noah by Harlem tenor Noah Stewart, Life As a Ballad by Eastman School of Music classically trained singer Jeremiah Abiah, Catherine Russell’s album of vocal jazz standards Strictly Romancin’, and the new Sony Legacy Sarah Vaughan box set The Complete Columbia Albums.

Gospel and R&B releases include the self-titled debut album from gospel group Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, the new Jackson 5 box set Come and Get It: Rare Pearls, the Ike Turner compilation Session Man Extraordinaire: Selected Singles 1951-1959, and The Ad Libs’ Complete Blue Cat Recordings featuring 1960s doo-wop on Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s Blue Cat Records.   

Under the general melting pot of funk, rock and blues are reviews of legendary funk/jazz guitarist Cornell Dupree’s final album I’m Alright, Detroit musician Nadir Omowale’s solid funk workout The Book of Jonah, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station’s Raise Up with contributions from Prince & Raphael Saadiq, musician/actor (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) Chris Thomas King’s blues rock album Bona Fide, the Joey Negro compilation Go-Go Get Down: Pure Ghetto Funk from Washington D.C, Joey Negro & the Sunburst Band’s house-infused disco creation The Secret Life of Us, The Memorials’ Afro-punk sophomore effort Delirium, and Death Grip’s punk rap album Money Store.

Wrapping up this issue is the compilation Diablos del Ritmo: The Colombian Melting Pot, 1960–1985 and the reissue of the Karantamba International Band’s 1984 album Ndigal featuring psychedelic Afro-funk from Sene-Gambia.

Review Genre(s): African American Culture & History


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