April 2019 Black Music Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during April 2019—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
Big Daddy Wilson: Deep in My Soul (Ruf)
George Freeman & Billy Branch: George the Bomb! (Southport)
Grady Champion: Steppin In: Tribute to ZZ Hill (Malaco)
Jontavious Willis: Spectacular Class (Kind of Blue Music)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Chasman: Synth-E-Fuge (Numero Group)
Cloud One: Spaced Out: The Best Of  (P&P)
Danko Jones: A Rock Supreme (M-Theory Audio)
Escort: City Life
gorgeous!: Imperfection (Ropeadope)
Leela James & The Truth: Are You Ready? (eOne)

Aaron Neville: 75th Birthday Celebration (BMG)
Alfa Mist: Structuralism (Sekito)
Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are on the Edge: 50th Anniversary (Pi)
Billy Hart & Eric Thielemans: Talking About the Weather  (Sub Rosa/Forced Exposure)
Charlie Parker: With Strings: Alternate Takes (Verve)
Elan Trotman: Dear Marvin (Woodward Avenue)
Ellis Marsalis Quintet: Plays the Music of Ellis Marsalis (Elm)
Eric Reed: Everybody Gets the Blues (Smoke Sessions)
Herlin Riley: Perpetual Optimism (Mack Ave.)
Johnny Griffin: Blue Note and Jazzland Collection (4 CD) (Enlightenment)
Risa Branch: I Thought About You (Select Ahh)
Uncle Nef: Love Songs (Ropeadope)
Wes Montgomery: Back on Indiana Avenue: Carroll DeCamp Recordings (Resonance)
Wynton Marsalis: Bolden OST (Blue Engine)

R&B, Soul
Aaron Neville: Love Letters: The Allen Toussaint Sessions  (Sunset Blvd)
Anderson .Paak: Ventura (Aftermath/12 Tone Music)
Beyoncé: Homecoming: The Live Album (Columbia)
Billy Paul: Me & Mrs Jones: Anthology (Soul Music)
George Benson: Walking To New Orleans (Provogue)
Kehlani: While We Wait (Atlantic)
Lee Fields & Expressions: It Rains Love (Big Crown)
Lee Moses: How Much Longer Must I Wait? Singles & Rarities (LITA)
Malford Milligan & The Southern Aces: Life Will Humble You (Royal Family)
Prince: Ultimate Rave (3 disc) (SMG)
Shafiq Husayn: The Loop (Nature Sounds)
Tahirah Memory: Asha
Various: Ain’t Too Proud: Life and Times of the Temptations (original cast recording) (Ume)

Rap, Hip Hop
Cee Kay: Blood On My Hands (Republic)
Chuck D: sPEak! Rap Race Reality on the Record (Spitslam Record Label Group)
Khalid: Free Spirit (RCA)
Matt Martians: The Last Party (3qtr)
Neak: Kwesbaar (Gold Standard Collective)
Nolan The Ninja: Sportee (Mello Music)
Oswin Benjamin: Godfrey (OverDeliver Ent)
Pete Rock: Return of the SP-1200 (Tru Soul)
Pistol McFly: Road Trip (Dirty Science)
ScHoolboy Q: Crash Talk (Interscope)
Signor Benedick the Moor: Spirit Realm Final (Fat Beats)
Tech N9ne: N9NA (Strange Music)

International, Latin, Reggae
Angélique Kidjo: Celia (Verve)
Blvk H3ro: The Immortal Steppa (Dubshot)
Boubacar Traoré: Mbalimaou (Lusafrica)
Douyé: Quatro (Bossa Nova Deluxe)  (Rhombus)
Exile One: S/T (Tidal Waves Music)
Gwen & Tiana: African Time (Ubuntu)
Hama Sankare: Niafunke (Clermont)
Ifriqiyya Electrique: Laylet El Booree (Glitterbeat)
Last Poets/Prince Fatty: Understand What Dub Is (Studio Rockers)
The Cimarons: Skinheads a Mash Up London Town 1970-1971 (Cleopatra)
Romeo Santos: Utopia (Sony Music Latin)
Various: Nostalgic Congo: Lingala, Swahili & Douala Rumbas, 1950-60 (Buda Musique)