Welcome to the October 2016 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This month we’re featuring previously unreleased recordings of jazz pianist Erroll Garner on Ready Take One, as well as the genre bending albums ArtScience by the Robert Glasper Experiment and De La Soul’s and the Anonymous Nobody…
New R&B, blues and rap releases include Andre Cymone’s funky pre-election protest EP Black Man in America; the retro-soul of Danish duo Black Dylan on Hey Stranger and Lady Wray on Queen Alone; the “Prince of Sophisticated Soul” Will Downing’s tribute to female vocalists on Black Pearls; “The Voice” alum Javier Colon’s Gravity; JJ Thames’ collaboration with Mississippi guitarist Eddie Cotton on Raw Sugar; and DC lawyer and rapper Tarica June’s EP Stream of Consciousness, Vol. 1.5.
World music releases include The Frightnrs’ reggae album Nothing More To Say; Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano’s tribute to the musical diversity of Cuba on Heritage; the Ethiopian-American pop group Debo Band’s Ere Gobez; and Haitian-born artist Wesli’s blending of vodou and rara with rap and reggae on Ayiti, Étoile Nouvelle.
Additional compilations featured this month include Chicago blues label Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection; regional soul music from Washington, DC on True Enough: Gene & Eddie with Sir Joe at Ru-Jac; and from New Orleans, A Message from The Meters: The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles.
Wrapping up this issue is our list of September 2016 Releases of Note.