Black Jazz Records

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Black Jazz Records was a jazz record label founded in Oakland, California [1] during the early 1970s by jazz pianist Gene Russell.[1]

Russell founded the label as an alternative to traditional jazz invoking a more political and spiritual tone[2] often with funk overtones.[3] Black Jazz released various types of music including, funk, free jazz and soul jazz. According to a 1974 Billboard Magazine, one of the label's more successful artists, Doug Carn, sold more records than Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis.[2] The label existed for six years during its first run and ended following the death of Russell.[2]


BJQD Artists Title Recorded
1 Gene Russell New Direction 1971
2 Walter Bishop, Jr. Coral Keys 1971
3 Doug Carn Infant Eyes 1971
4 Rudolph Johnson Spring Rain 1971
5 Calvin Keys Shawn-Neeq 1971
6 Chester Thompson Powerhouse 1971
7 Henry Franklin The Skipper 1971
8 Doug Carn Spirit Of The New Land 1972
9 The Awakening Hear, Sense And Feel 1972
10 Gene Russell Talk To My Lady 1973
11 Rudolph Johnson The Second Coming 1973
12 Kellee Patterson Maiden Voyage 1974
14 Walter Bishop, Jr. Keeper Of My Soul 1973
15 The Awakening Mirage 1973
16 Doug Carn Revelation 1973
17 Henry Franklin The Skipper At Home 1974
18 Calvin Keys Proceed With Caution! 1974
19 Roland Haynes The Second Wave 1974
20 Cleveland Eaton Plenty Good Eaton 1975
21 Doug Carn Adams Apple 1973
22 Doug Carn New Incentive: Firm Roots 2001



A tribute to Black Jazz Records

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