Welcome to the December 2015 holiday issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This month we’re featuring a Holiday Music Wrap Up with an overview of releases from Etienne Charles, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Kenny Neal, The Soulful Strings, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and Sons of Serendip.
Over the course of the year we’ve reviewed a number of box sets ideal for gift giving, including those devoted to the Isley Brothers, Johnny Mathis, Little Richard, Lead Belly, and Sly & the Family Stone. This month we’re featuring more box sets and limited editions, including the new Staple Singers’ compilation Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976. The other sets are divided into three posts: New Soul Music Box Sets (Halo Records, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Syl Johnson, Early Motown EPS); Blues, Rock and Reggae Box Sets (Bobby Rush, Arthur Lee & Love, Bob Marley), and Jazz Box Sets (Weather Report, Billy Cobham, Bee-Hive Records). Also featured is the 25th Anniversary Edition of A Tribe Called Quest’s People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm, and the 2016 Blues Images Calendar/CD 24 Classic Blues Songs from 1920s Vol. 13.
Wrapping up this issue is My Name is Doug Hream Blunt featuring the 1980s work of Bay area lo-fi musician Doug Blunt, and our list of November 2015 Releases of Note.