Phil Ranelin

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Artist Description: Trombonist Phil Ranelin was one of the Detroit jazz scene's unsung heroes, releasing several excellent, politicized albums that blended post- avant-garde jazz, post-Bitches Brew psychedelia, hard bop, funk, and African rhythms. Ranelin was born and raised in Indianapolis, and later moved to New York and then Detroit, where he started out as a session man for artists like . In 1971, along with saxophonist , Ranelin co-founded a band, magazine, and record label conglomeration known as the Tribe, which used experimental jazz as a vehicle to raise African-American political consciousness. That year, Ranelin also issued his first album as a leader, Message from the Tribe. The Time Is Now! continued Ranelin's accessible avant leanings in 1974, but 1976's Vibes from the Tribe pushed more firmly into groovy jazz-funk territory. The Tribe organization folded in 1978, after which Ranelin played with for several years. In 1986, Ranelin led a date for Rebirth titled Love Dream, and ten years later released the self-produced album A Close Encounter of the Very Best Kind -- which featured his new Los Angeles-based sextet -- on . Though Ranelin's albums didn't get much exposure outside of his home base, they found their way onto the acid jazz/rare-groove collector's market, creating an underground buzz around Ranelin's music. In 2001, drummer remixed and remastered The Time Is Now! and Vibes from the Tribe, which were reissued by the label. The following year, a full-fledged electronic Remixes collection was released.

Ranelin stayed very busy in the first decade of the 21st century. He became a member of the large Los Angeles-based multi-generational and transcultural spiritual jazz unit , whose other constant members include Derf Reklaw, , , and , along with a dozen others. That group released four albums between 2004 and 2010 on . Ranelin also found time to tour, join on his Detroit Experiment album, and record three sets of his own for during the same period: Inspiration (2004), Reminiscence: Live! (2006), and Living a New Day (2009). At the request of , Ranelin reunited with the remaining living members of the Tribe ( and ) for a one-off Detroit gig and the -produced Rebirth long-player on , which was issued in 2009. Ranelin resumed his career as a leader with 2011's Perserverence on , in collaboration with bassist and legendary percussionist Big Black.

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