“Tribe was based on the history of the way things were conducted in the motherland from a communal standpoint,” states the quietly intense Phil Ranelin from his home in Los Angeles, where this trombonist and community activist has lived since 1978. Leaving behind the post-industrial starkness of Detroit and the resulting cooperative ethic of Tribe Records—the label he cofounded with Wendell Harrison in 1972—Ranelin found an equally supportive creative arts community in Los Angeles, becoming a member of the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, the towering spiritual jazz ensemble of firebrand drummer and beloved father figure of the city’s extended jazz family, the late Horace Tapscott.

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