Welcome to the June 2012 Issue

Welcome to the June issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture.

This month we’re featuring the newly re-mastered, expanded and enhanced edition of Little Richard’s 1957 classic album Here’s Little Richard plus three more compilations: The Best of Perception & Today Records; The Clovers: The Winley Recordings 1957-62; and Mixed Sugar: The Complete Works, 1970-1987, which includes the funk, soul, and disco catalog of Flint, Michigan producer, singer/songwriter Regional Garland.

New gospel releases include Marvin Sapp’s inspirational DVD/CD I Win and Take 6’s One, featuring the a cappella gospel-jazz quartet’s own unique arrangements of traditional spirituals and gospel standards.  New blues releases include B.B. King’s DVD/CD Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2011 and newcomer Gary Clark, Jr.’s The Bright Lights EP.

Under the broad category of world music are two new CDs: Meditations by the Nazarenes, an Ethiopian-born Swedish-based roots reggae group, as well as South African rapper Spoek Mathambo’s Afro-futurist sophomore album Father Creeper. Other rap albums include Mobb Deep’s Black Cocaine EP, DJ Quik’s The Book of David, Seattle duo THEESatisfaction’s awE naturalE, UK rapper Tinie Tempah’s Disc-Overy, Homeboy Sandman’s Subject-Matter, and Wordsmith’s Father’s Day themed project King Noah.

Other reviews this month include Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio, the new Encyclopedia of Black Radio in the United States, 1921-1955,  jazz vocalist Gregory Porter’s Be Good, and Acousmatic Sorcery by Chicago-based lo-fi “outsider” artist Willis Earl Beal.