Welcome to the November issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This month we’re featuring albums with a local connection: Mind Your Head by the Bloomington-born funk band The Main Squeeze; Life in the City by Indianapolis-based reggae artist Kingly T; The Lonely Roller by Steven A. Clark (released on Bloomington’s Secretly Canadian label); and the self-titled debut album by Son Little (who will be performing in Bloomington on Nov. 6).
We’re featuring three anniversary albums in this month’s jazz releases: Silver, the 25th anniversary of the “groove jazz” band Fourplay; Vicennial: 20 Years of the Hot 8 Brass Band; and 10, celebrating ten years of activity by the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet. Also included is Reincarnation by Sonny Simmons, a new release drawn from a 1991 live set recorded in Olympia, Washington.
Under the umbrella of R&B, rock and soul we’re featuring Misunderstood by Olympia, Washington singer-songwriter Ethan Tucker; Just a Mortal Man, the solo debut from Jerry Lawson (of Persuasions fame); Happiness in Every Style by Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators; and the first CD release of Love’s Reel to Real. Blues albums include Outskirts of Love by Shemekia Copeland and Right Man Right Now by Zac Harmon.
In world music, we have Ballads & Blasphemy from the cosmopolitan globe-traveler Kuku and Alone from the desert-rock band Terakaft. Rounding out this month’s issue is the new compilation Packin’ Up: The Best of Marion Williams, which features highlights from the gospel legend’s career, plus our list of October 2015 Releases of Note.