The December 2014 holiday issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture<>, has now been published at<>.

This month were featuring a Holiday Music Wrap Up with an overview of releases from Earth, Wind & Fire, Irwin Mayfield, The Sackville All Stars, Maysa, Anthony Hamilton, Marie-Josee Lord, and the Blind Boys of Alabama with Taj Mahal. In addition, Box Sets for Holiday Gift Giving provides an overview of 11 recently released sets including: The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records Vol. 2; the complete recordings of William Onyeabor; Soul & Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales; Bear Family's new R&B compilation A Shot in the Dark: Nashville Jumps plus their complete Chuck Berry compilation Rock & Roll Music; Bluenote's 75th anniversary compilation Uncompromising Expressions; Johnny Mathis' Complete Global Albums; the Billy Strayhorn compilation Out of the Shadows; the Prestige Rudy Van Gelder Remasters; Herbie Hancock's The Warner Bros. Years, 1969-1972; and Dust-to-Digital's new book/CD package Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings, 1947-1959 by Alan Lomax.

Also reviewed is the box set Black & Blue: The Laff Records Collection; the first compilation in the series The One-derful! Collection documenting the Black-owned Chicago label; John Tefteller's 2015 calendar/CD set 24 Classic Blues Songs from 1920s Vol. 12; Alan Lomax's recordings of Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers Get In Union; the benefit album An Aids Quilt Project; the "lost" album These Are the J.B.s featuring Bootsy and Catfish Collins; and Maya Angelou's final project Caged Bird Songs.

Wrapping up this issue is the CD/DVD set Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances; gospel rap artist Trip Lee's Rise; the Mack Avenue Superband's Live from the Detroit Jazz Festival 2013; Freeway & The Jacka's Highway Robbery;  Zion I's EP Libations; and our summary of November Releases of Note.

Brenda Nelson-Strauss
Editor, Black Grooves
Archives of African American Music & Culture
Indiana University
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