Phil Ranelin - The Time Is Now
Phil Ranelin - The Time Is Now
Phil Ranelin - The Time Is Now
Phil Ranelin - The Time Is Now

Phil Ranelin - The Time Is Now

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Phil Ranelin, trombone, percussion
Wendell Harrison, tenor saxophone, percussion (A1-B3)
Marcus Belgrave, flugelhorn, percussion (A1 - B3)
Bili Turner, drums, percussion (left channel)
George Davidson, drums, percussion (right channel) (A1, B1-B4)
Keith Vreeland, piano, percussion
John Dana, bass (A1, B2-B4)
Reggie Fields, bass (A2)
Charles Moore, trumpet, percussion (A2)
Haroun El Nil, alto sax, percussion (A2)

 

    1 LP, standard sleeve

    Limited edition

    Original analog Master tape : YES

    Heavy Press : 180g

    Record color : black

    Speed : 33 RPM

    Size : 12'’

    Stereo

    Studio

    Record Press : unspecified

    Label : Pure Pleasure

    Original Label : TRIBE Records

    Recorded at Tempermill Studios and Wenha Studios in Detroit, MI :

    • A2 : November 11, 1973
    • A1, B1, B3 : April 27, 1974 2.
    • B2, B4 : April 28, 1974

    Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

    Originally released in 1974

    Reissued in 2019

     

    Tracks:

    Side A :

    1. The Time Is Now For Change
    2. Time Is Running Out

    Side B :

    1. Of Times Gone By
    2. Black Destiny
    3. 13th And Senate
    4. He The One We All Knew, Pt. 1

    Reviews:

     

    "Pure Pleasure Records has done a stellar job of re-mastering this recording to 180-gram vinyl. The stereo separation is precise and the smooth tonality of trombone, flugelhorn and electric piano is captured gracefully. The percussion and double bass bottom mix is very good."Robbie Gearson, Audiophile Audition

    "Phil Ranelin's first record as a leader is worlds away from his later 1976 offering, "Vibes From the Tribe". "The Time Is Now" is a vanguard jazz record, full of the spirit, determination, and innovation inspired by John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp. Recorded in 1973 and 1974 and released at the end of 1974, the set shows Ranelin to be an imposing composer and frightfully good trombonist.

    The original album contained six compositions that are a deep musical brew of avant-garde improvisation, hard bop jazz esthetics, and soulful melodic ideas that were superimposed as a jump off point for both harmonic and rhythmic (read: Latin) invention. The stamp of Detroit is all over this thing. Tracks like the title and "Black Destiny" reflect the anger and vision of the era, while moving it all in a positive musical direction.

    Soloists on the set include the rest of the Tribe collective -- Marcus Belgrave and Wendell Harrison -- as well as local players who deserved far more than they received in terms of national recognitions: bassist Reggie 'Shoo-Be Doo' Fields, trumpeter Charles Moore, pianist Keith Vreeland, drummer Bill Turner, and others including Ranelin himself.

    The arrangements on "The Time Is Now" were ahead of their time, clustering a rhythm section as part of the horn's front line ("13th and Senate" and the title track) and a stylistic angularity that reflected both musical history and futurism in jazz and R&B ("Time Is Running Out" and "Times Gone By"). "The Time Is Now" is a must for any vanguard jazz aficionado or anyone interested in the strange, rhythm-oriented evolution of Detroit music. " AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

    Ratings : 

    AllMusic : 4 / 5  , Discogs : 4. 38 / 5

     

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