Black History Month February 23, 2021

Black History Month February 23, 2021


Quincy Jones reading  Langston Hughes’ poem – Negro Speaks Of Rivers – The Rhythm Of History

“I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”

Allen Toussaint & Rhiannon Gibbons – Come Sunday – American Tunes

Booker T. Jones & Sharlotte Gibson – Precious Lord – Note By Note


Nina Simone – Take Me To The Water – Wild Is The Wind / High Priestess of Soul

The Blind Boys Of Alabama – You And Your Folks/23rd Psalm – Higher Ground

Horace Silver Trio – The Preacher – The Best Of


Ben Harper – I’ll Rise – Welcome To The Cruel World

Billie Holiday – God Bess The Child – Lady In Autumn

Bobby McFerrin – Freedom Is A Voice – Bang! Zoom


Buddy Guy – Everybody’s Got To Go – Living Proof

Cedell Davis – How Much More – Keep It To Yourself : Arkansas Blues

Corey Harris – The Bush Is Burning – Daily Bread

China Moses – Running – Nightintales


Dee Dee Bridgewater – Afro Blue – Red Earth : A Malian Journey

Duke Ellington – Fleurette African – Money Jungle



Eddie Jefferson – Things Are Getting Better – Vocal Ease

Eric Bibb – Stayed On Freedom – Get Onboard

Esther Marrow – Walk Tall – Newport News, VA


Gregory Porter – Don’t Lose Your Steam – Take Me To The Alley

Aretha Franklin – Trouble In Mind – Sunday Morning Classics

Jon Batiste – BIRTHE[live] – Chronology Of A Dream: Live from the Village Vanguard

Maceo Parker – Youth Of The World – Funkoverload


Me’Shell Ndegeocello – Don’t Take My Kindness For Weakness – Weather

Ramsey Lewis Trio – Wade In The Water – 20th Century Masters

Oscar Brown Jr. – World Of Grey- Sin & Soul… and Then Some

Roberta Flack – Compared To What – First Take

Roy Ayers – Rhythms Of Your Mind – Red, Black & Green

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Call On God – Soul Of A Woman

Stevie Wonder – Have A Talk With God – Songs In The Key Of Life

The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There – Faith & Grace