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    Phillip Ranelin/Wendrel Harrison “A Message from the Tribe” [Tribe Records]

    A hippy vibe with Black Pride coming from the flip side of
    Motown Records. This album oozes “lanquidity” coasting from
    note to note. I preferred the first side, guided by label
    co-founder and trombonist, Phil Ranelin. He keeps bassist
    Charles Eubanks popping, and then adds vocals from Jeamel
    Lee on two tracks to pour a little Angela Davis gasoline
    on the simmering warmth. By the time that side ends, he’s
    built up a firecracker of a number with “How Do We End
    All Of This Madness” on which he sings as well. Ranelin’s
    trombone adds to the curvaceousness of this release, only a
    few moments of Wendell Harrison’s sax spike up out of the
    mellifluous melange. What holds this all together, and
    maybe holds the spiking solos back, is the omnipresence of
    electic piano. It’s just an instrument that fills, often
    prettily, but rarely commands. It is more dominant, along
    with some flute on the side that Harrison composed. Some
    30 years later, Ranelin is still rolling, co-creating his
    own label with artistic control back then showed a lot of
    foresight and soulful sound.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 3, 2005 at 1:41 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Format,Jazz
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