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Theo Parrish Delivers The Black Jazz Signature Mix


Theo Parrish takes the reigns for the latest edition of Snow Dog Records' Black Jazz Signature Series with a mix of gems released between 1971 and 1976. The mix accompanies a highly-anticipated compilation and features tracks from label founder Gene Russell, Walter Bishop Jr, Calvin Keys and The Awakening - an instrumental group from Chicago whose jazz-funk sound falls around the same period between the late 60s and early 70s that gave birth to Herbie Hancock's Fat Albert Rotunda and Catalyst's self-titled 1972 debut LP. Black Jazz Records remains an iconic label amongst devotees of forward music, free jazz and fusion. A Black Jazz recording is as much a timeless encapsulation of an era as it is a clinic in how to funk properly, as evinced by recordings from Cleveland Eaton, Doug Carn and Henry Franklin. That fact has earned the Oakland brand a home on the shelves of collectors across the globe. Theo Parrish delivers a mix of joints that provides a taste of the essentials; the tracks included do a lot to explain how the label's releases would ultimately help to define an era in jazz and serve as the seed from which many afro-futurists continue to derive their sounds. The all-vinyl mix arrives alongside the official compilation from Parrish and Snow Dog Records, which arrives today via digital download, CD and double vinyl. Check The Awakening's 1973 single "March On" below for a taste of what the project holds. Stream Theo Parrish's Black Jazz Signature Series mix via Resident Advisor. Purchase the Black Jazz Signature compilation from Theo Parrish via Boomkat.