The December issue of Black Grooves has now been posted at www.blackgrooves.org<http://www.blackgrooves.org>.
This month's issue starts off with new holiday albums from Joe, Take 6, and Barbara Hendricks; a couple of "soulful" compilations including The Complete James Brown Christmas; Buddhist chants from Tina Turner; and the annual Classic Blues calendar/CD. Next up we're featuring 8 box sets/deluxe editions that should make perfect gifts for your music loving friends: Michael Jackson's complete videos/short films; the compilation New Orleans Jazzers at Work, 1918-1927; Allerton & Alton - the first multi-racial bluegrass duo; electric blues guitarist Freddie King; two new Jimi Hendrix releases; The Chic Organization Vol. 1; Dinah Washington - The Fabulous Miss D; and a great vintage gospel compilation from Dust-to-Digital featuring the "Mighty Hurricane" Rev. Johnny L. Jones.
For hip hop fans we have reviews of hot new releases from Kanye West, Cee-Lo Green, Bun B, and Reflection Eternal (aka Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek), plus the 867 page Anthology of Rap from Yale University Press. Also featured is the new album from contemporary gospel artist Tye Tribbet, the New Black Repertory Ensemble's Recorded Music of the African Diaspora (works by Olly Wilson and Mary D. Watkins), and the book Sacred Steel by Robert L. Stone. Wrapping up this issue are three selections for the children on your shopping list: Buckwheat Zydeco's Bayou Boogie, Daptone's reissue of an inspiring single from the youthful hip hop group 3 Titans, and the new children's book JIMI: Sounds Like A Rainbow - A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, by Gary Golio.
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