Welcome to the January 2016 Issue

Welcome to the January 2016 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.

This month were leading with Wes Montgomery’s One Night in Indy, Resonance Records’ third volume of mostly unreleased recordings by the jazz guitar legend, who is joined here by the Eddie Higgins Trio. Other jazz recordings include the live Abbey Lincoln album Sophisticated Abbey, the Abbey Lincoln tribute album Ghosts Appearing through the Sound by New York vocalist Kosi, and the jazz-based album Freedom & Surrender by Lizz Wright.

African American poets are also celebrated this month. Detroit native Jessica Care Moore’s debut, Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James, is a “jazz poetry” album with guests Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, and Jose James, among others. Also included is the new Blu-Ray edition of the 1982 concert documentary Gil Scott-Heron in Black Wax, and the Charenee Wade tribute album Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson.

Continuing our annual winter blues theme, we’re featuring the Andy T- Nick Nixon Band’s Numbers Man, Steve Howell & the Mighty Men’s Friend Like Me, Linsey Alexander’s Come Back Baby, Danielle Nicole’s Wolf Den, and the Sonny Terry compilation His 21 Best Songs.

Wrapping up this issue is Dream by R&B vocalist Angie Stone; Transparency by the rock band Straight Line Stitch; the Numero reissue of Eyes of Love recorded by soul group The Edge of Daybreak in Powhatan prison; and our list of December 2015 Releases of Note.