September 2020 Black Music Releases of Note

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

Blues, Folk, Country
Anjimile Chithambo: Giver Taker (Father/Daughter)
Bette Smith: The Good the Bad the Bette (Ruf)
Charles Ponder & the Lizzard Kings: Jim Crow’s Shadow (Inside Sounds)
Dave Specter & Billy Branch: The Ballad of George Floyd (limited ed. single) (Delmark)
Gangstagrass: No Time for Enemies (Rench Audio)
Kirk Fletcher: My Blues Pathway (Cleopatra Blues)
Tarheel Slim: Story: Wildcat Tamer (Jasmine)
Various: New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Volume 1 (Stony Plain)
Various: Barrelhousin’ Around Chicago: The Legendary George Paulus 1970s Blues Recordings (JSP)

Funk, Rock, Pop, House, Electronic
A Certain Ratio: ACR Loco (Mute)
Chubby Checker: Twist With Chubby Checker (reissue) (ABKCO)
Chubby Checker: Dancin’ Party: The Chubby Checker Collection (1960 – 1966) (ABKCO)
Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man (DVD) (Liberation Hall)
Freeman Young: The Blue Pill EP (dig) (Republic)
Prince: Sign O The Times (super deluxe ed.) (Warner Bros.)
Steve Arrington: Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions (Stone’s Throw)
Tasmin Archer: Sweet Little Truths: EMI Years 1992-1996 (Cherry Pop)

Gospel, Spirituals, CCM
Koryn Hawthorne: I Am (RCA Inspiration)
Melvin Crispell, III: I’ve Got a Testimony (RCA Inspiration)
Rev. John Wilkins: Trouble (Goner)
San Franklin: The Free Project (Enon Music Group)
Vernon Little: Words To Live By EP (Bentley)

Warren Wolf: Christmas Vibes (Mack Ave.)

Ali Shaheed Muhammad / Marcos Valle: Marcos Valle JID003 (Jazz Is Dead)
Ariwo: Door To The Cosmos (On The Corner)
Bright Dog Red: Somethin’ Comes Along (Ropeadope)
Bryony Jarman-Pinto: Fish Factory Sessions EP (Tru Thoughts)
Butcher Brown: #KingButch (Concord)
Christian McBride: For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver (Mack Avenue)
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Axiom (Ropeadope)
Eric Revis: Slipknots Through A Looking Glass (Pyroclastic)
Geof Bradfield/Ben Goldberg/Dana Hall: General Semantics (Delmark)
Gregory Tardy: If Time Could Stand Still (WJ3)
Isaiah J Thompson: Plays Music of Buddy Montgomery (WJ3)
Kellee Patterson: Maiden Voyage (vinyl reissue) (Black Jazz/Real Gone)
Makaya Mccraven: Universal Beings E&F Sides (International Anthem)
Orlando le Fleming: Romantic Funk: The Unfamiliar (Whirlwind)
Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy: Onward & Upward (Onyx Productions)
Sly5thAve: What it Is (Tru Thoughts)
Tomeka Reid & Joe Morris: Combinations (Rogue Art)
Various: Blue Note Re:Imagined (Blue Note)

R&B, Soul
Adam Wade: The Coed Albums (Omnivore)
Adrian Younge, Loren Oden: Presents My Heart My Love (Linear Lab)
Barbara Lewis: Don’t Forget About Me (Soul Music)
Blxck Cxsper: EUROSTAR vol. 1 (Trans Trenderz)
Davis Chris & Mr Foster: Wings & Blue Cheese (Empire)
Diana Ross & The Supremes: Sing and Perform “Funny Girl”—The Ultimate Edition (Real Gone)
Joe Barksdale: Sincerely EP (dig) (Moonbeam Music)
Johnny Nash: Very Best of 1956-1962 (Jasmine)
Native Dancer: Tides (Psychological Banana)
Tyree Glenn Jr.: Superbad! The Best Of (Tramp)

Rap, Hip Hop
6ix9ine: Tattle Tales (dig)             
A$AP Ferg: Floor Seats II (dig) (RCA)
Armani Caesar: The Liz Tape (dig) (Griselda)
Arrested Development: Don’t Fight Your Demons (Vagabond Productions)
B.o.B: Somnia (dig) (Bobby Ray Music)
Big Sean: Detroit 2 (GOOD Music/Def Jam)
Bobby Sessions: RVLTN 3: The Price of Freedom (Def Jam)
Conway The Machine: From a King to a God (Griselda/Empire)
Curren$y and Harry Fraud: The Director’s Cut (dig) (Jet Life)
Dbangz: Been A Long Time (Pivtl Project)
Dizzy Wright: My Hustle Unmatched (dig)            
Elzhi: Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up (dig) (Glow365)
Farr Well: Chameleon Lifestyles Simulation (dig) (dist. Bandcamp)
GQ: A Midsummer’s Nightmare EP (dig) (Jamla)
Grafh: Good Energy (dig) (Team Bang Dope Gang)
Jacquees: Exit 68 (dig)   
Kamaiyah & Capolow: Oakland Nights (dig)          
Krizz Kaliko: Legend (dig) (Strange Music)
Lil Reese: Lamron Vol. 1 (dig) (RBC)
Lil TeccA: Virgo World (Galactic/Republic)
Lil Wayne: Tha Carter V Deluxe Ed. (Young Money/Republic)
Maez301: Hasaan (Strange Music)
MBNel: Child of the Trenches 2 (Muddy Boyz/EMPIRE)
MC Eiht: Lessons (dig) (Bluestamp Music)
Moneybagg Yo and Blac Youngsta: Code Red (dig) (Epic)
Mozzy: Occupational Hazard (dig) (Empire)
Murk: 31 Gang (dig)       
Murs and Dee-1: He’s the Christian, I’m the Rapper (dig) (Mission Vision Music)
Nappy Roots: 40rty (dig) (Not Regular, LLC)
Pastor AYU: #SayTheirNames2020 (dig) 
Phil Augusta Jackson: The Redondo Tape EP (dig)              
Problem: Coffee & Kush Vol 2 (dig) (Diamond Lane/Rostrum)
Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (25th Anniv. Instrumental ed.) (Get on Down)
Roachford: Twice in a Lifetime (BMG)
Sango: Da Rocinha 4 (Soulection)
Shy Glizzy: Young Jefe 3 (dig) (Glizzy Gang)
Skippa Da Flippa: Under.Stand.Able (dig) (Havin’ Ent.)
Spillage Village: Spilligion (dig) (Interscope)
Stalley: Speak No Blue (dig)        
Sutter Kain & Donnie Darko: After The World Got To Us (Never So Deep)
T. Martin, 9th Wonder, K. Washington, R. Glasper: Dinner Party (vinyl) (Sounds of Crenshaw)
Tokyo’s Revenge: 7ven (dig) (Blac Noize!)
Toosii: Poetic Pain (dig) (South Coast Music Group)
Tory Lanez: Daystar (dig) (One Umbrella)
Vritra: Sonar (Rare Noise)
whiterosemoxie: grae ceilings (dig, mixtape) (300 Ent.)
Wiz Khalifa: Big Pimpin (dig) (Taylor Gang Ent.)
YoungBoy Never Broke Again: Top (dig) (Atlantic)

Reggae, International, Latin
Afel Bocoum: Lindé (World Circuit)
Ambiance: Into a New Journey (reissue) (BBE)
Bamba Wassoulou Groove: Dankele (Lusafrica)
Caiphus Semenya: Streams Today… Rivers Tomorrow (reissue) (Be with Records)
Caiphus Semenya: Listen To The Wind (Be with Records)
Nation Beat: The Royal Chase    
Roots & Tings: All Of This (Truth’s Sound/Quannum Sound)
Tems: For Broken Ears EP (dig)  
Various: Sir J.J. Special: J.J. Johnson’s Ska & Rock Steady Productions 1966-68 (Doctor Bird)
Wailing Souls: Back a Yard (Greensleeves)
Ziggy Marley: More Family Time (Tuff Gong)

Nate Rocket Wonder & Roman GianArthur: Antebellum (Milan)
Terence Blanchard: Da 5 Bloods (Music On Vinyl)