Welcome to the May 2011 issue

This month we’re featuring three newly remastered releases:  Concord’s reissue of the 1964 chartbusting LP Ray Charles Live in Concert; Hip-O Select’s reissue of the 1963 Chess classic Bo Diddley’s Beach Party, recorded live at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Smithsonian Folkways’ reissue of a 1962 recording by Robert Pritchard, one of the first successful African American concert pianists. New rock and funk releases include Nine Types of Light from TV on the Radio, The Mission Field from  Cincinnati’s Blessid Union of Souls, Tha Funk Capitol Of The World from Bootsy Collins, and Party Store from The Dirtbombs, which is an homage to the African American pioneers of Detroit techno.  Two independent DVD documentaries are reviewed: Street Corner Harmony about doo-wop on the street corners of Philadelphia, Jersey City, and New York City in the 1950s and ‘60s; and Gospel Unrap about the gospel rap scene in southern Louisiana.  Wrapping up this issue are gospel releases from Twinkie Clark and original Dream Girl Jennifer Holliday, and hip hop projects from The Foreign Exchange, Atmosphere, and Zion I & Grouch.