January 2020 Black Music Releases of Note

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

Blues, Folk, Country
Frank Bey: All My Dues Are Paid (Nola Blue)
Jimmy Johnson: Every Day of Your Life (Delmark)
Lightnin’ Slim: Complete Singles As & Bs 1954-62 (Acrobat)
Martha Wash: Love & Conflict (Purple Rose)
William Calhoun: Walk the Walk (Aviara Music)

Funk, Rock, Pop, House, Electronic
Charles Wright & Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band: Express Yourself (reissue) (Real Gone)
Morcheeba: Part of the Process: The Collection (BMG)
Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi [3 CD Deluxe] (Virgin/UMe)
Various: Gut Funky: The Best of C.R.S. Records (Tramp)

Gospel, Spirituals, CCM
Darnell Moore: Hosanna EP (dig)     
Elizabeth King: Testify (vinyl) (Bible and Tire)
Oral Moses: Sankofa: A Spiritual Reflection (Albany)
Tauren Wells: Citizen of Heaven (Essential Records)

Byron Pope: Music For Earthdwellers and Starseekers (reissue) (Tidal Waves Music)
Eric Reed & Ralph Moore: Prism (Storyville)
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Sherman Irby’s Inferno (Blue Engine)
Jeff Parker: Suite For Max Brown (Nonesuch)
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: The Road Less Traveled (Blue Canoe)
Mike Phillips: Pulling Off the Covers (SoNo Recording Group)
Robert Glasper: Fuck Yo Feelings (Loma Vista/Concord)
Terri Lyne Carrington/John Patitucci: Excursions and Adventures (Whaling City Sound)
Theo Croker: Understand Yourself EP (dig) 

R&B, Soul
Akie Bermiss: #basedonatruestory EP (dig)  
Avail Hollywood: Black Locomotive (dig)   
Free Nationals: S/T (Obe)
J. Brown: Forever Yours EP (MoCha Music)
James Reese & The Progressions: Wait For Me: Complete Works 1967-72 (Now Again)
K. Michelle: All Monsters Are Human (eOne)
Kevin Ross: Audacity Vol. 1 (Art Society Music Group)
Omar: The Anthology (2 CD) (Freestyle Records)
Please Wait: Black & White (vinyl) (823 Records)
Ruby Turner: Love Was Here (Rtr Productions)
Sam Cooke: Complete Keen Years (1957-1960) (Abko)
Son Little: Aloha (Anti)
Soul Motivators: Do the Damn Thing (Do Right)
Syleena Johnson: Woman (eOne)

Rap, Hip Hop
Black Moon: Rise of Da Moon (Duck Down Music)
Blueface: Find the Beat (dig) (Cash Money)
CIA (Shogun Assason & Kinetic): Criminals in the Army (Black Stone of Mecca)
Dreamville`& J. Cole: Revenge of the Dreamers III Director’s Cut (dig) (Dreamville/Interscope)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Half Manne Half Cocaine (vinyl) (Madlib Medicine Show)
Hit-Boy: The Chauncey Hollis Project (dig) (HS87)
Hmg Biggy: You Know the Vibe (ZoneOut)
J Hus: Big Conspiracy (dig) (Black Butter)
Joey Trap: Wild West (Young Rich Squad)
Johnny Cinco: Hood Drake (dig) (SakReligious)
Key Glock: Yellow Tape (dig) (Paper Route Empire)
Kota The Friend: Lyrics to Go Vol. 1 (dig)   
Lil Wayne: Funeral (Young Money/Republic)
ManMan Savage: No Cosign (dig) (Skrong)
Mick Jenkins: The Circus (Cinematic Music Group)
Moneybagg Yo: Time Served (dig) (Interscope)
OG Maco: Maco Got That Flame (dig) (Desperado)
Quando Rondo: Qpac (dig) (Atlantic)
Rob Stone: Stone Cold (dig) (Grove Town)
Royce Da 5’9: The Allogory (eOne)
Sada Baby: Brolik (dig)         
Shad the God: In God We Trust (dig) (Hoodrich Ent.)
Stunna 4 Vegas: Rich Youngin (dig) (Interscope)
Sy Ari Da Kid: It Was Unwritten (dig)         
The Professionals: S/T (dig) (Madlib Invazion)
Theophilus London: Bebey (independently popular.)
Uncle Murda: Don’t Come Outside, Vol. 2 (dig) (Empire)
Yo Gatti: Untrapped (dig)     

Reggae, International, Latin
Aggrolites: Dirty Reggae (reissue) (Pirate Press)
Akin & the Afrobeat Brothers: Boomerang (Vinilos Enlace Funk)
Artists for Peace and Justice: Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit, Vol. 1 (Arts Music)
Erik Aliana: Ancestors (Buda)
Owen Gray: Jamaica’s First Home Grown Star (Burning Sounds)
Various: Eze-Nri Royal Drummers Vol. 1 (BBE)
Various: Léve Léve: Sao Tomé & Principe Sounds 70s-80s (Bongo Joe)