Rebirth [Planet E, 2009]
Rebirth - A beautiful Rebirth for the Tribe Records scene in Detroit -- a set that brings together older players whose work illuminated that famous label -- Phil Ranelin on trombone, Wendell Harrison on saxes, and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet -- all working here with younger musicians who include Amp Fiddler on keyboards, John Arnold on guitar, and Carl Craig on keyboards and production! The mix of generations is amazing -- every bit as mesmerizing as the Detroit Experiment session from years back -- and the tunes have this soulful, spiritual sensibility that really holds up to the promise first laid down by Tribe back in the 70s -- a righteous reworking of familiar jazz ideals, stretching forward with cosmic energy that's really amazing! Craig's presence on the set makes for a bit of electricity at times -- but the rhythms are all live and acoustic -- and if anything, the whole project marks a real growth in Carl's own music, almost more than that of the originators whose sound here is every bit as great as we could have hoped! Titles include "Son Of Tribe", "Livin In A New Day", "Deneka's Chant", "Jazz On The Run", "Ride", "Lesli", "Where Am I", "13th & Senate", and "Glue Fingers".