The November 2013 issue of Black Grooves has been posted at www.blackgrooves.org<http://www.blackgrooves.org>
This month we're celebrating the 40th anniversary of Norman Granz's iconic jazz label Pablo Records with Tom Fine's review of the first Pablo reissues via Concord's Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. Also featured is the new jazz album Out Here from the Christian McBride Trio.
New rock releases include Lickety Split by Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Electric Slave by the Austin band Black Joe Lewis, the Dirtbombs' ode to bubblegum rock Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey, the latest release in Bear Family's "Rock" series devoted to the Drifters, and the self-titled release from lo-fi punk/hip hop artist Vex Ruffin.
There's also plenty of R&B, including Sandra St. Victor's Oya's Daughter, Marques Houston's Famous, the Musiq Soulchild and Syleena Johnson collaboration 9ine, and the Marvin Gaye compilation A Stubborn Kind of Fellow: From the Beginning 1957-1962.
Under the categories of blues, gospel and roots music is Juba Dance by Guy Davis, the Giddens Sisters self-titled release, the survey of rural black religious music Sorrow Come Pass Me Around, Earnest Pugh's live recording The W.I.N. (Worship in Nassau) Experience, and the "psychedelic gospel" of The Relatives on The Electric Word.
Wrapping up this issue is the Bombay Dub Orchestra's East meets West techno-dub experiment Tales from the Grand Bazaar, and the compilation Harafinso: Bollywood Inspired Film Music from Hausa Nigeria.
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