Highly sought after by jazz connoisseurs, tastemakers and hip-hop producers around the world, albums from Oakland’s long-defunct Black Jazz Records label will finally be widely available — and just in time for Record Store Day.
The independent record label, active from 1971 to 1975, showcased Black musicians, employed an all-Black staff and reflected the era’s social activism with releases like Doug and Jean Carn’s “Revelation,” Rudolph Johnson’s “Second Coming,” and Henry Franklin’s “The Skipper at Home.” Those albums and more will now be given new life as the Orange County label Real Gone Music is doing a deluxe LP and CD reissue of all 20 Black Jazz Records releases, starting with three set to drop on Friday, Aug. 28. Another will drop 24 hours later to mark Record Store Day, which will be celebrated on three dates this year.
After that, Real Gone Music plans to continue rolling out releases through December 2021. Each reissue will include new liner notes written by Oakland’s Pat Thomas, the author of “Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power.” Real Gone Music will also contribute $500 per rerelease to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit