Black Jazz Signature is a compilation album by American artist Theo Parrish. It was originally released through Snow Dog Records in 2013. The album features tracks from the 1970s record label Black Jazz Records, including "My Favorite Things" by Gene Russell, "Those Who Chant" and "Blue Bossa" by Walter Bishop Jr., "Jupiter" and "Convulsions" by The Awakening, "Trance Dance" by Doug Carn, "Time & Space" by Rudolph Johnson, "Criss Cross" and "BE" by Calvin Keys. Black Jazz Signature is one of the best presentations of the Black Jazz label, stunning from start to finish.
Theo Parrish, world-renowned for his DJ sets and remixes/productions, is a Chicago-raised artist near impossible to pigeonhole. Revered by a wide spectrum of dedicated music fanatics, he is known for his otherworldly DJ sets, and his serious approach to DJing as an art form. Theo gives special attention to fellow Chicago musicians The Awakening (three consecutive tracks, four total on the mix), one of the best funk/fusion groups that the Black Jazz label released, and whose only output was on that label. The set itself is a masterful "two turntables all vinyl" execution, a format that Theo is dedicated to -- no mp3, no CD-R, just the vinyl palette for the true aural experience.