Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe
Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe
Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe
Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe

Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe

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Phil Ranelin : trombone (all tracks), vocals & percussion on A3, A4, B1
George Davidson, drums (A1-5)
Lopez Leon, electric bass (A1,5)
Ron English, electric bass (A1,5)
Kenny Cox, electric piano (A1,5)
Wendell Harrison, tenor saxophone (A1-2,5), flute (A3,4)
Marcus Belgrave, trumpet (A1,5)
Ralph Armstrong, electric guitar (A2) bass (A3,4; B1)
Buddy Budson, electric piano (A2)
Barbara Huby, percussion (A2,4) congas (A4)
Harold McKinney, piano (A3,4)
Bud Spangler, percussion (4)
Tariq Abdus Samad, drums (B1)
Ken Thomas, piano (B1)
Ddaud Abdul Kahafiz, Sitar (B1)
Faruk Hanif Bey, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, congas (B1)

Composed by Phil Ranelin (A1, A2, A4 to B)

Arrangements by Phil Ranelin

    1 LP, standard sleeve

    Original analog Master tape : YES

    Heavy Press : 180g

    Record color : black

    Speed : 33 RPM

    Size : 12'’



    Record Press : unspecified

    Label : Pure Pleasure

    Original Label : TRIBE Records

    A2, A3, A4 and B1 recorded September 23, 1975 by Superdisc, Detroit by Greg Reilly and Bud Spangler ; A1, A5 recorded at Strata Studio, Detroit by Charles Moore.

    All tracks mixed and remixed by Bud Spangler, Greg Reilly and Phil Ranelin

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

    Originally released in 1976

    Reissued in 2018


    Side A :

    1. Vibes From The Tribe (Prelude)
    2. Sounds From The Village
    3. Wife
    4. For The Children
    5. Vibes From The Tribe (Encore)

    Side B :

    1. He The One We All Knew (Parts 1 & 2)


    « In Detroit, 1971, trombonist Phil Ranelin and saxophonist Wendell Harrison started a band, a recording company, and a magazine, and called them the Tribe. Though the three organizations lasted until 1978, Ranelin's Vibes From the Tribe, issued in 1976, was the last of eight records issued by Tribe/Time Is Now Productions. P-Vine Records in Japan has issued a handsomely packaged one CD compilation of material selected from the label (there's a facsimile of the magazine included in the box), but Vibes From the Tribe is the first of the label's actual recordings to be issued in full, with added bonus tracks courtesy of Ranelin and the Hefty label. Tortoise boss John McEntire has restored the master tapes to their former glory, and added some touches to the unreleased material, with full approval from Ranelin, which give the music a contemporary feel. Musically, this is not only a solid portrait of Detroit's jazz scene in the mid-'70s, but is also a definitive portrait of its cultural mentality. While everyone in the nation had written off the city as a wasteland, a space devoid of anything worth celebrating, its residents were in the process of creating some of the most vital jazz, literature, and art in its history. Vibes From the Tribe is a wildly diverse collection of tunes to be on a single long-player. Ranelin and his friends -- among them tenor saxophonist and flutist Wendell Harrison, pianist Harold McKinney, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, bassist Ralph Armstrong, percussionists Bud Spangler and Barbara Huby, and drummer George Davidson -- offered a portrait of the city through the jazz traditions that influenced it in the previous 20 years. Deep, hard jazz fusion and funk can be heard in the two versions of the title track (one of them an unreleased eight-track version) and "Sounds From the Village." While both echo the influence of Miles' groundbreaking electric band, the identities of these tracks are firmly rooted in a local musical history that includes Teddy Wilson, Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef, the Funk Brothers rhythm section at Motown, John Lee Hooker, and George Clinton. There is also the more accessible side of Detroit jazz, represented here in "Wife" and "For the Children," which features plaintive but wondrously expressive vocals by Ranelin. Each tune swings with a beauty and airiness that were missing from the jazz of the day -- think of a way more soulful Ben Sidran and you'll get the picture. » AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek



    AllMusic : 4.5 / 5  , Discogs : 4. 69 / 5

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