Welcome to the October issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This month it seems appropriate to begin with Cheers to the Fall, the major label debut from San Diego’s soulful songstress Andra Day. Also featured are several new releases with a socially conscious agenda including Stereotypes from the duo Black Violin, Pistol Politics from the Bay Area rapper Paris, and Siglo XXI from the Bloomington, Indiana-based jazz group Liberation Music Collective.
Other jazz albums include the new Legacy release of Erroll Garner’s The Complete Concert By the Sea, bassist Ben Williams’ Coming of Age, Harold Mabern’s Afro Blue, and “Doctuh” Michael Woods’ jazz suite Uhthuh Planets. Blues and country music releases include self-proclaimed blues preacher Shawn Amos’ The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, Chicago blues harpist Omar Coleman’s Born & Raised, and Darius Rucker’s Southern Style, an ode to his home state of South Carolina.
New compilations include Dust-to-Digital’s No More Good Time in the World for Me featuring African-American work songs sung by J.B. Smith; Henry Stone’s Miami Sound: Finest Funky 45s paying tribute to the legendary founder of T.K. Records; the Wilson Pickett 2-CD set Mr. Magic Man: The Complete RCA Studio Recordings and the Ben E. King 2-CD set The Complete Atco/Atlantic Singles Vol. 1, 1960-1966, both from Real Gone Music; and Legacy’s 4-CD set Johnny Mathis: The Singles.