April 2020 Black Music Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during April 2020 across multiple genres—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
Full Experience: Lee Scratch Perry Presents (Doctor Bird)
John Lee Hooker: Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-1952 (3-CD) (Ace)
Le String Noise (ft. Layla McCalla): L.E.S. Douze Volume 2 (Nouveau Electric)
Linsey Alexander: Live at Rosa’s (Delmark)
Malia: Garden of Eve (MPS)
Rev. Gary Davis: Demons & Angels: The Music Of (3 CDs) (Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop)
Reverend Shawn Amos & Brotherhood: Blue Sky (Put Together Music)
Various: Searching for Secret Heroes: The story Behind Samuel B. Charters legendary 1962 Lost Film The Blues (DVD + CD) (Document/Effortless Pictures)

Funk, Rock, Pop, House, Electronic
Brian Culbertson: XX (dig) (BCM Ent.)
Daniel Haaksman: Black Atlantica Edits (BBE)
Pigeon John: Gotta Good Feelin’ (Telephone Co.)
RDGLDGRN: Live (dig)
Skunk Anansie: This Means War/What You Do For Love (100% Records)
Soul Asylum: Hurry Up and Wait (Blue Elan)
Sutter Kain & Donnie Darko: Before The World Got To Us (dig) (Never So Deep)
Yves Tumor: Heaven To A Tortured Mind (Warp)

Gospel, CCM
Bri Babineaux: The Encounter (Integrity Music/Tyscot)
Clark Sisters: Return (Motown Gospel)
Dedicated Men Of Zion: Can’t Turn Me Around (Bible & Tire)
Howard Lemon Singers: Message for Today (dig) (Gospel Truth/Craft)
Kierra Sheard: Kierra (Motown/Karew Ent.)
Rev. Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir: Jesus People (dig) (Gospel Truth/Craft)
Rev. Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir: God Save Your People (dig) (Gospel Truth/Craft)
Reverend J.D. Montgomery & The Mt. Carmel Choir: God’s Newspaper (dig) (Gospel Truth/Craft)

Andy Milne and Unison: The reMission (Sunnyside)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin’ (never-before-released) (Blue Note)
Arturo O’ Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Four Questions (Zoho Music)
Donald Byrd & The Blackbyrds: The Jazz Funk Collection (3 CD set) (Cherry Red)
Dr. Michael White: Live (Basin Street)
Greg Porter: All Rise (Blue Note)
Horace Tapscott: Why Don’t You Listen? Live At Lacma, 1998 (Dark Tree)
J.C. Hopkins Biggish Band: New York Moment (Twee-Jazz)
Jason Marsalis: Live (Basin Street)
Jimmy Greene: While Looking Up (Mack Ave.)
John DiMartino: Passion Flower: The Music of Billy Strayhorn (Sunnyside)
Kurt Elling & Danilo Pérez: Secrets Are The Best Stories (Edition)
Lauren Henderson: The Songbook Session (Brontosaurus)
Miles Davis: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (DVD) (Eagle Rock Ent)
Nina Simone: Fodder On My Wings (Verve/Ume)
Steve Swell Quintet Soul Travelers: Astonishments (Rogue Art)
Sun Ra: Celestial Love (Modern Harmonic)
Wayne Escoffery: The Humble Warrior (Smoke Sessions)

R&B, Soul
24-Carat Black: III (Numero)
Ben L’Oncle Soul: Addicted To You (Decca)
Blakk Soul: Take Your Time (Mello Music Group)
Cassowary: S/T (Fat Possum)
Dinah Washington: A Rockin’ Good Way – Juke Box Pearls (Bear Family)
DVSN: A Muse in Her Feelings (Warner)
Eric Roberson: Hear from Here (dig) (Blue Erro Soul)
Jimmy Sweeney: Without You (ORG Music)
Kiana Ledé: Kiki (Republic)
Mink Slide: Crushed Velvet (King Flex Ent.)
Richard Marks: Love Is Gone The Lost Sessions (Now-Again)
Roachford: Twice In A Lifetime (BMG)
Roberta Flack: First Take 50th Anniv. Ed. (SoulMusic.com)
Shawn Stockman: Foreword (Universal)
Shayna Steele: Watch Me Fly (Membran)
Sugar Chile Robinson: Vooey Vooey Vay! (Capitol)
Various: Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987 (Light in the Attic)

Rap, Hip Hop
22Gz: Growth Development (dig) (Atlantic)
2kBaby: Pregame Rituals EP (dig) (Warner)
A$AP Twelvyy: Before Noon (dig)
Asian Doll: Doll SZN Reloaded (dig)
Berner & B-Real: Los Meros (dig) (Bern One Ent.)
BERNZ: Sorry for the Mess, Part 1 (dig) (Strange Music)
Black Geez: Concrete Struggles 1 & 2 (Air Vinyl)
Boosie Badazz: Goat Talk 2 (dig) (Bad Azz Music)
Cadet: The Rated Legend (Underated legends)
Coolio: Gangsta’s Paradise (25th Anniv. Ed.) (Tommy Boy)
DaBaby: Blame it On Baby (dig) (Interscope)
DJ Screw: All Screwed Up (Sosouth)
Flowdan: The Red Pill EP (Tru-Thoughts)
Fredo Bang: Most Hated (dig) (Big Bang)
GAWVI: Heathen (dig) (Reach)
Jackboy: S/T (dig) (Empire)
Khujo Goodie: Echos of a Legend (dig) (Feed The Lions)
Kool Keith & THETAN: Space Goretex (Anti-Corp)
Lil Gotit: Hood Baby 2 (dig) (Alamo)
Nnamdi: Brat (Sooper)
Quelle Chris: Innocent Country 2 (Mello Music)
Rod Wave: Pray For Love (dig) (Alamo)
SaxKixAve: I Don’t Wear Suits (dig)
Shabazz Palaces: The Don of Diamond Dreams (Sub Pop)
Shordie Shordie: >Music (dig) (Warner)
Skyzoo & Dumbo Station: The Bluest Note (dig) (Tuff Kong)
Tech N9ne: EnterFear (dig) (Strange Music)
Tory Lanez: The New Toronto (dig) (Warner)
Trouble: Thug Luv (dig) (Deaf Jam)
Westside Gunn: Pray for Paris (dig) (Griselda)
Wiz Khalifa: Kush & Orange Juice [2 LP 10th anniversary ed.] (Rostrum)
Wiz Khalifa: The Saga Of (dig) (Taylor Gang/Atlantic)
YSN Flow: Flow $ZN (dig) (Republic)

Reggae, International
Bamba Wassoulou Groove: Dankele (Lusafrica)
Darkovibes: Kpanlogo (dig)
Laurel Aitken & Friends: Skinhead Train: Complete Singles Collection 1969-1970 (5 CD set) (Pressure Drop/Cherry Red)
Lee “Scratch” Perry: Techno Party (Ariwa Sounds)
Lee “Scratch” Perry & Mad Professor: Techno Dub (Ariwa Sounds)
Mad Professor: Dubtronic (Ariwa Sounds)
Paul Beaubrun: Rasanbleman (Ropeadope)
Santrofi: Alewa (Out Here)
Unified Highway: Headlines (Easy Star)

Devonte Hynes: Queen & Slim (Original Motion Picture Score) (Domino)