Message from the Tribe: An Anthology of Tribe Records, 1972-1977

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Detroit's Tribe Records was a political, social, and aesthetic collective of local musicians whose collective identity was a staggering array of aesthetic ones -- especially in music. The group headed by Wendell Harrison and Phil Ranelin also held in its ranks Marcus Belgrave and the late Harold McKinney, with countless others, such as bassist Ron Brooks, trumpeter Charles Moore, drummer Doug Hammond, and others joining in for sessions and concerts. Tribe was the only label in history to have had musicians who played with everyone from Charles Parker and Mingus and Sun Ra to Marvin Gaye and the Supremes. Besides the record company, Tribe held a publishing house for a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Detroit's Tribe Records was a political, social, and aesthetic collective of local musicians whose collective identity was a staggering array of aesthetic ones -- especially in music. The group headed by Wendell Harrison and Phil Ranelin also held in its ranks Marcus Belgrave and the late Harold McKinney, with countless others, such as bassist Ron Brooks, trumpeter Charles Moore, drummer Doug Hammond, and others joining in for sessions and concerts. Tribe was the only label in history to have had musicians who played with everyone from Charles Parker and Mingus and Sun Ra to Marvin Gaye and the Supremes. Besides the record company, Tribe held a publishing house for a magazine and a production company under its roof. This Universal Sound sampler collects music from all nine Tribe albums, and an awesome glossy, miniature facsimile of Tribe magazine in a deluxe slipcase edition. Universal Sound's trademark is one of quality, with well-mastered compilations of forgotten yet necessary material from the African-American and Latin music communities that existed during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s throughout the United States that have passed into history largely unappreciated despite their influence and contribution to the culture at large. The most striking impression of Tribe is its musical diversity: here were a group of jazz musicians whose own approaches to music were very different from one another, who folded everything into the soup: soul, bebop, hard- and post-bop, modal, funk, groove jazz, vocals, avant-garde improvisations, and so on. From David Durham's half-minute, string freakout "Space #2," to the early funky groove-oriented jazz-funk of Ranelin's "Vibes From the Tribe" and "Sounds From the Village" to the strange, baroque vanguard of Hammond's vocal "Moves" to the deep, slippery, greasy fatness of the Tribe's "Benificent," which combined Coltrane-like modal improvisation with Latin percussion and Detroit funk in a sticky soup of pure sonic pleasure. Belgrave's landmark nine-minute epic "Space Odyssey" combines the use of electronic experimentation with amplified piano and big-band arrangements -- à la his stint with Mingus during the "Pre-Bird" era -- and is still a piece ahead of its time in terms of both jazz arrangement and composition despite its aural limitations due to the shortcomings of the gear used at the time of the recording. The set officially ends with Wendell Harrison's "Tons and Tons of B.S.," featuring a small big band with a percussion section playing counterpoint to the four-horn front line. The groove is strictly Latin with Harrison lending a melodic sensibility from both the hard bop and early modal schools of Miles Davis, with a Coltrane and an R&B vibe! All the sounds are mixed, all given due weight in the tune, making for a piece as provocative and harmonically advanced as anything that came out of the '70s -- in fact, more than most. The reason was the vision: Tribe was all-inclusive, wanting to leave no music outside of its walls. Hence the kitchen-sink approach -- that had been tried by everybody from Archie Shepp (Attica Blues) to Ornette Coleman (Skies of America) to Miles with mixed results. Tribe may have only existed for five years, but during that time it changed the musical universe -- even if nobody knew it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2004
  • Label: Universal Sound
  • EAN: 5026328200521
  • Catalog Number: 5

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Space 2 - David Durrah (0:41)
  2. 2 Vibes from the Tribe (3:56)
  3. 3 Sounds from the Village (4:57)
  4. 4 Moves (4:32)
  5. 5 Beneficent (7:03)
  6. 6 What We Need (4:01)
  7. 7 Space Oddysey (9:44)
  8. 8 For the Children (5:21)
  9. 9 La Margarita (8:10)
  10. 10 Wake up Brothers (3:11)
  11. 11 Tons and Tons of B.S. (5:07)
  12. 12 [Untitled Track] (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Roy Brooks Percussion, Drums
Wendell Harrison Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Nozero Flute, Reeds, Cuica
Kenn Cox Piano
Doug Hammond Synthesizer, Violin, Drums, Melodica, ARP, Soloist
Ralph Armstrong Electric Guitar
William Austin Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Lorenzo Brown Bongos
George Davidson Drums
Daryl Dybka Mini Moog
Charles Eubanks Piano
Barbara Huby Percussion
Dave Koether Percussion
Harold McKinney Piano
Charles Moore Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ed Pickens Electric Bass
Phil Ranelin Trombone, Vocals
Bud Spangler Percussion
Billy Turner Drums
Jerry Glassel Guitar
Buddy Budson Piano
Technical Credits
Marcus Belgrave Composer, Producer
Wendell Harrison Arranger
Phil Ranelin Composer
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