Phil Ranelin

Born 25 May 1939.

Biography

Phil Ranelin (b. May 25, 1939) is an American jazz and experimental music trombonist.

Ranelin was born in Indianapolis, and lived in New York before moving to Detroit in the 1960s. He played as a session musician on many Motown recordings, including with Stevie Wonder.

In 1971, he and Wendell Harrison formed a group called The Tribe, which was an avant-garde jazz ensemble devoted to black consciousness. Alongside it he co-founded Tribe Records. He released several albums as a leader in the 1970s, and continued with The Tribe project until 1978. following this, Ranelin worked with Freddie Hubbard.

Ranelin worked mostly locally in Detroit in the following decades, and did not find widespread acceptance among jazz aficionados. However, he eventually came to the attention of rare groove collectors who became increasingly interested in his work. As a result, Tortoise drummer John McEntire remastered some of Ranelin's older material and re-released it on Hefty Records. A remix album soon followed, which included an appearance from Telefon Tel Aviv.

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  1. Review of Vibes from the Tribe

    Vibes from the Tribe

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Tribe releases were characterised by a heady mix of post Coltrane free jazz, soul and...