October 1st, 2010
This month we’ve featuring new releases by two Indiana natives—rapper Freddie Gibbs and neo-soul/reggae artist Toussaint—plus The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead, who will be performing in Bloomington later this month. In honor of Gospel Music Month (which actually just concluded) there are reviews of projects by gospel superstar Israel Houghton and holy hip hop artist Trip Lee. Also featured are two recent releases from Smithsonian Folkways—the Classic Sounds of New Orleans compilation and John Jackson’s Rappahannock Blues— plus Have Blues, Will Travel by Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King on the Alligator label. Under the category of jazz is the new book John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom, plus reviews of two global jazz CDs featuring Mulato Astatke and Lloyd Miller & the Heliocentrics. Wrapping up this issue are the compilations Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations and Salsa Explosion: The NY Salsa Revolution 1960-1979, plus a documentary about legendary soul singer Bill Withers and the first CD reissue of Labelle’s 1973 classic Pressure Cookin’.
Review Genre(s): African American Culture & History