The August issue of Black Grooves has now been posted at www.blackgrooves.org<http://www.blackgrooves.org>
This month's top spot goes to the new biography Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story, which we have a special interest in promoting since it draws upon collections at the Archives of African American Music & Culture. We're also featuring reviews of the new box set commemorating the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis's landmark album Bitches Brew, as well as new jazz releases from bassist Esperanza Spalding, violinist Billy Bang, saxophonist Mindi Adair, and the Jazz Mafia's Brass Bows and Beats: A Hip-Hop Symphony. Other notable reissues include Burning Spear's classic reggae albums Marcus Garvey/Garvey's Ghost, and Chicago blues artist Willie Buck's The Life I Love. On the classical side, we have Barbara Hendricks performing Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin, released on her own Arte Verum label. Other featured releases include Big Boi's Sir Luscious Left Foot, the CD/DVD Playing for Change Live which includes 2009 tour footage and a documentary, and brief reviews of new releases by Smokie Norful, Forever Jones, Leela James, and Soulganic.
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