September 2018 Black Music Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during September 2018—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears:  The Difference Between Me & You
Delta Moon: Babylon Is Falling (Jumping Jack)
Eric McFadden: Pain By Numbers (Whiskey Bayou)
Frank Bey: Back in Business  (Nola Blue)
Johnny Rawls: I’m Still Around (Third Street Cigar)
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne:  Inspired by the Blues (Stony Plain)
Khalif Wailin Walter: Nothin’ Left To Lose (Pepper Cake)

Classical, Broadway

Thomas Hampson: Songs From Chicago (Cedille)

Comedy, Spoken Word

Chris Rock: Tamborine (Netflix)
Dave Chappelle: Double Feature (Netflix)
Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish (Netflix)
Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (Netflix)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic

Black Emoji: KUMI
Chic & Nile Rogers: It’s About Time (Virgin EMI )
Lenny Kravitz: Raise Vibration (Roxie Records/BMG)
Lonnie Holley: MITH (Jagjaguwar)
People Museum: I Dreamt You In Technicolor (dig)
Rudimental: Toast to our Differences (Atlantic)
Scott Xylo: Find Us When U Get There (Black Acre)
Slash: Living the Dream (Roadrunner )

Gospel, Christian

Anita Faye: Kingdom Journey (dig) (Ninitunes)
Ben Tankard: Rise (Destiny Center)
Brent Jones: Open Your Mouth and Say Something (JDI)
Casey J: The Gathering (Integrity)
Detroit GMWA: Bringing It Back Home (dig)
Israel Houghton: Road to DeMaskUs (RCA Inspiration)
Jonathan McReynolds: Make More Room (deluxe ed.) (Urban Inspirational)
Jonathan Nelson: Declarations (Urban Inspirational )
Melvin Williams: Down Home Gospel (New Day Ent.) 


Alice Coltrane: Spiritual Eternal, Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings (Real Gone)
Archie Shepp Quintet: My Man – Tribute to Sidney Bechet (Atypeek Music)
Arturo O’Farrill & Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Fandango at the Wall (Resilience Music)
Brandon Coleman: Resistance (Brainfeeder)
Camille Thurman: Waiting for Sunrise (Chesky)
Christian Sands: Facing Dragons (Mack Ave)
Count Basie Orchestra: All About That Basie (Concord Jazz)
Darren Barrett: Time For Romance But Beautiful (db Studios)
Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra: Jazz Planets  (Right Track)
Eric Essix: Moments Anthology (Essential Recordings)
Fabrizio Cassol: Requiem pour L. (Outnote)
Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble: Lullaby Project (Tapestry)
Fola Dada: Earth (dig) (Künstlerhafen)
G-Clef Da Mad Komposa: I’m the Sax Plug! (Thrice Great)
Henry Conerway III: With Pride For Dignity (thehc3)
Ivie Anderson & Duke Ellington Orchestra: Collection (Acrobat)
Jon Batiste: Hollywood Africans (Verve)
Justin Kauflin: Coming Home (dig)
Kim Waters: What I Like (Shanachie)
Light Blue Movers: Teleological Devolution  (Modern Icon Recordings)
Lionel Loueke: The Journey (Aparte )
Lucia Jackson: You and the Night and the Music (Roni Music)
Mark Turner & Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings (ECM)
Moses Boyd: Displaced Diaspora (Exodus)
Nate Smith: Pocket Change (Ropeadope)
Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band: Presence (Smoke Sessions)
Skinny Hightower: Retrospect (Trippin N Rhythm)
Stefon Harris & Blackout: Sonic Creed (Motema Music)
Sylvia Howard Quartet: Time Expired (Futura Marge)
Tony Allen & Jeff Mills: Tomorrow Comes the Harvest (Decca Records France)
Walking Distance ft. Jason Moran: Freebird  (Sunnyside)
Wayne Shorter Quartet & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Emanon (Blue Note)
Yellowjackets: Raising Our Voice (Mack Ave.)

R&B, Soul

Anthony David: Hello Like Before – Songs of Bill Withers (Shanachie)
Aretha Franklin: Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-70 (Rhino )
Bettye LaVette: 1972 Muscle Shoals Sessions (limited ed., Run Out Groove)
Black Pumas: Black Moon Rising/Fire (7″) (Colemine)
Case: Therapy (X-Ray/Cleopatra)
Cool Company: The Dose EP (dig)
Corey Rudolph: Said I’m Looking (Aviara Music)
Delta Moon: Babylon is Falling (Jumping Jack)
Ernestine Allen: Let It Roll (Pepper Cake)
Floyd Dixon: Singles Collection 1949-62 (3-CD) (Acrobat)
JaGoff:  Long Hot Summer (Americon Idle )
José James: Lean On Me (Bill Withers tribute) (Blue Note)
Kandance Springs: Indigo (Blue Note)
Macy Gray: Ruby (Mack Ave.)
Marsha Ambrosius: Nyla (eOne)
Masego: Lady Lady (EQT)
Maxwell: Embrya 20th Anniv. Ed. (Sony Certified Classics )
Prince: Piano & A Microphone 1983 (Rhino)
Steven A. Clark: Where Neon Goes to Die (Secretly Canadian)
Swamp Dogg: Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune (Joyful Noise)
Tamia: Passion Like Fire (eOne)
The Miracles:   Singles & Albums Collection 1958-62 (Acrobat)
The Sey Sisters: Rise (Satélite K)
Various: Jack Ashford Just Productions Vol. 2 (Ace)
Various: Kinky Motion Picture Soundtrack (Lightyear Ent)

Rap, Hip Hop

6LACK: East Atlanta Love Letter (Interscope)
Alt-J: Reduxer (Atlantic)
Apollo Brown & Locksmith: No Question (Mello Music Group)
Cypress Hill: Elephants on Acid (BMG)
Denzel Curry:  TA13OO (Loma Vista)
Dreamdoll: Life in Plastic 2 (dig)
Fat Tony: 10,000 Hours (Don Giovanni)
Illingsworth: You’re No Fun (Mello Music Group)
Jansport J: Low (Blackwhitegoldville)
Joey Purp: Quarterthing (dig)
Kanye West: Yandi
Kinfe Knights (ft.Ishmael Butler): 1 Time Mirage (Sub Pop)
Lil Wayne: Tha Carter V (dig) (Young Money)
Low Blow: First Book of Timothy (Common Good)
Lud Foe: Boochie Gang the Mixtape (eOne)
Lyrics Born: Quite a Life (Mobile Home Recordings)
Nas: Nasir (CD) (Mass Appeal)
Nine (Double M): King (Goon Musick)
Noname: Room 25 (dig)
NUE: U Met Me at a Strange Time EP (300 Ent)
REKS & ShortFyuz: Order In Chaos (Bullies Music Group)
Ro Ransom: Possessed (dig) (Sony)
The Lytics: Float On (LHM)
Tokyo Jetz: Bonafide  (Empire)
Vegedream: Marchand de Sable (Universal France)
Wyse:  Like Wyse (digital)
Young Dolph: Role Model (dig)
Young Gully:  Eyes Wide Shut (YHTM)


Alpha Blondy: Human Race (Wagram)
Estelle: Lovers Rock (VP)
Groundation: The Next Generation (Baco)
Kingston Allstars: Rise Up (Roots & Wire)
Various: Best of Calypso 1912-1952  (Arc Music)
Various: Freedom Sounds: Studio One in the ‘60s (Soul Jazz)


Alba Griot Ensemble: Darkness Between the Leaves (Riverboat)
Animanz & Juanita Euka: Exotic Other (Tru Thoughts)
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band: The Serpent’s Mouth (Big Crown )
Dur Dur Band: Dur-Dur of Somalia vols. 1 & 2 (Analog Africa)
Jowee Omicil: Love Matters (Jazz Village)
Novalima: Ch’usay (Wonderwheel)
Sarazino: Mama Funny Day (Cumbancha)
Soweto Gospel Choir: Freedom (Shanachie)
Stella Chiweshe: Kasahwa: Early Singles (Glitterbeat)
Underground System: What Are You (Soul Clap)
Various: African Journey Music from Cairo to Cape Town (Arc Music)
Various: Two Niles to Sing a Melody – Violins & Synths of Sudan (Ostinato )