The September  2020 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture<>, has been posted at<>

We're back from a summer hiatus to celebrate Classical Music Month with a review of the new biography on composer Florence B. Price, The Heart of a Woman<>, by Rae Linda Brown. Classical music recordings include Duo Dolce's Summerland: Music for Cello and Piano by Composers of African Descent<>; and the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony performing William Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony and Ulysses Kay's Fantasy Variations and Umbrian Scene<>.

Jazz releases this month include flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell and soprano Lisa E. Harris's EarthSeed<>, based on the Afrofuturistic novels of Octavia E. Butler; Swing States: Harmony in the Battleground<> by the Regina Carter Freedom Band; trombonist Javier Nero's debut album Freedom<>; bassist/composer Derrick Hodge's concept album Color of Noize<>; trumpeter Derrick Gardner's Still I Rise<> with the Big dig! Band; saxophone legend Maceo Parker's Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo<>; saxophonist/keyboardist Mike Burton's cross-genre project Walk With Me<>; and Sun Piano<> by ambient music icon Laraaji.

Popular music releases include soul-rock musician Fantastic Negrito's Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?<>; London artist L.A. Salami's The Cause of Doubt & A Reason to Have Faith<>; the collective Austin Musicians for Transformative Justice's call for social justice on No More Silence Vol. 2<>; Billy Ocean's 70th birthday celebration One World<>; R&B diva Brandy's b7<>; French-Caribbean bassist, singer and producer Adeline's Intérimes<>; R&B superstar Teyana Taylor's The Album<>; the late blues musician Frank Bey's final release All My Dues Are Paid<>; and Chris Jasper's For the Love of You<> which revisits some of hits he wrote for The Isley Brothers.

World music releases include Mutation<> from the Parisian Afrobeat group Les Frères Smith, and the eponymous release<> from the Afro-Colombian group Ghetto Kumbé.

Wrapping up this issue is our list of Summer 2020 Black Music Releases of Note<> covering additional releases from June, July and August.
***We are currently seeking volunteer reviewers in all genres, especially jazz. If interested, please email me privately.

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