Welcome to the November 2014 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This month we’re featuring the first release of the 1973 “lost” album Black Beauty by the Los Angeles rock band Love, plus four significant compilations: I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 featuring singles from Sly Stone’s record label; the Best of Revelation Records 1959-1962 featuring rare gospel music from the Harlem-based label; Just a Little Talk with Jesus featuring Sallie and Cora Martin’s gospel music recordings from 1940-1952; and The Complete SAR Records Recordings by L.C. Cooke, the younger brother of SAR Records founder Sam Cooke.
World and folk music releases include Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen’s Film of Life, West African band Vaudou Game’s funky debut album Apiafo, Australian indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and the PutBacks’ debut album Dawn, Leyla McCalla’s Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, and two episodes of Rocker TV featuring reggae artists Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs released on DVD.
Jazz releases include Save Your Love For Me: Cynthia Felton Sings the Nancy Wilson Classics, trombonist Jason Jackson’s Inspiration, and a Delmark reissue of Don Pullen’s 1975 solo piano album retitled Richard’s Tune. New gospel releases include I See Victory by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Destiny by Kevin LeVar & One Sound, and Center of My Life by Nathan Best. Under the umbrella of R&B/Soul/Blues we’re featuring Strong as Glass by Goapele, Forever Dreaming by UK artist Myles Sanko, The One by former Isley Brothers member Chris Jasper, and Originals by Quinn DeVeaux & the Blue Beat Review.
Wrapping up this issue is our listing of October 2014 releases of note, including new holiday albums.