The February 2020 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture<http://www.indiana.edu/~aaamc/>, is now available at https://blackgrooves.org/
In honor of Black History Month, we're featuring projects that explore the Black experience, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Composer Paul Moravec's Sanctuary Road<https://blackgrooves.org/paul-moravecs-sanctuary-road-an-oratorio-based-on-the-writings-of-william-still/> is a powerful oratorio based on the writings of William Still (1821-1902), a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. Jazz musician/composer Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons<https://blackgrooves.org/christian-mcbride-the-movement-revisited-a-musical-portrait-of-four-icons/> is a tribute to Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Bound for the Promised Land: Songs and Words of Equality and Freedom<https://blackgrooves.org/various-artists-bound-for-the-promised-land-songs-and-words-of-equality-and-freedom/> captures a live performance from the Atlanta Music Festival. Will Boyd's Freedom, Soul, Jazz<https://blackgrooves.org/will-boyd-freedom-soul-jazz/> commemorates Juneteenth emancipation celebrations. Ben Williams' I AM A MAN<https://blackgrooves.org/ben-williams-i-am-a-man/> was inspired by the 1968 Memphis sanitation worker's strike. Jubilee Showcase<https://blackgrooves.org/various-artists-jubilee-showcase/> features 36 performances from the ground breaking civil rights era gospel television series.
Additional classical recordings include London-based Chineke! Orchestra's Spark Catchers<https://blackgrooves.org/chineke-orchestra-chorus-spark-catchers/> featuring works by six of the UK's leading Black and minority ethnic composers, and British cello sensation Sheku Kanneh-Mason's new release, Elgar<https://blackgrooves.org/sheku-kanneh-mason-elgar/>. Additional jazz recordings include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis's tribute to The Music of Wayne Shorter<https://blackgrooves.org/jazz-at-lincoln-center-orchestra-with-wynton-marsalis-the-music-of-wayne-shorter/>, and John Bailey's Can You Imagine?<https://blackgrooves.org/john-bailey-can-you-imagine/>, commemorating Dizzy Gillespie's 1964 campaign for president.
With Mardi Gras approaching, we're highlighting two New Orleans related releases: Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra's Jazz Party<https://blackgrooves.org/delfeayo-marsalis-uptown-jazz-orchestra-jazz-party/> and the new compilation The Meters: Gettin Funkier All The Time: Complete Josie/Reprise/Warner Recordings 1968-1977<https://blackgrooves.org/the-meters-gettin-funkier-all-the-time/>.
With a nod to Valentine's Day and themes of love, there's jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's The Art of Intimacy Vol. 1<https://blackgrooves.org/jeremy-pelt-the-art-of-intimacy-vol-1/>, gospel artist Renee Spearman's I Love Him<https://blackgrooves.org/renee-spearman-i-love-him/>, and the classic soul compilation You're Not Gonna Hurt Me (A Valentine's Day Kiss Off)<https://blackgrooves.org/various-artists-youre-not-gonna-hurt-me-a-valentines-day-kiss-off/>. Other featured albums include Fight the Fight<https://blackgrooves.org/mortimer-fight-the-fight/> from Jamaican reggae artist Mortimer and Amazones Power<https://blackgrooves.org/les-amazones-dafrique-amazones-power/> from the pan-African supergroup Les Amazones d'Afrique. Wrapping up this issue is our list of January 2020 Black Music Releases of Note<https://blackgrooves.org/january-2020-black-music-releases-of-note/>.
Editor, Black Grooves
Archives of African American Music & Culture
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