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The December 2015 holiday issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture<http://www.indiana.edu/%7Eaaamc/>, has now been posted at www.blackgrooves.org<http://www.blackgrooves.org>.

This month we're featuring a Holiday Music Wrap Up with an overview of releases from Etienne Charles, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Kenny Neal, The Soulful Strings, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and Sons of Serendip.

We also have an overview of recent box sets and limited editions ideal for gift giving, including the new Staple Singers' compilation Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976. The other sets are divided into three posts: New Soul Music Box Sets (Halo Records, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Syl Johnson, Early Motown EPS); Blues, Rock and Reggae Box Sets (Bobby Rush, Arthur Lee & Love, Bob Marley), and Jazz Box Sets (Weather Report, Billy Cobham, Bee-Hive Records). Also featured is the 25th Anniversary Edition of A Tribe Called Quest's People's Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm, and the 2016 Blues Images Calendar/CD 24 Classic Blues Songs from 1920s Vol. 13.

Speaking to the sacred side of the holiday, we've included two recent Tyscot gospel releases: Anthony Brown & group therAPy's Everyday Jesus and Danetra Moore's Light in the Dark.

Wrapping up this issue is My Name is Doug Hream Blunt featuring the 1980s work of Bay area lo-fi musician Doug Blunt, and our list of November 2015 Releases of Note.

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