Tribe Records’ co-founder Phil Ranelin’s collection
Pop Up Record Shop at Rappcats
Saturday, August 25th
5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles
Jazz trombonist, bandleader, activist, mentor, co-founder of Detroit’s legendary Tribe Records collective Phil Ranelin is hosting a pop up record shop at Rappcats, selling his record collection. Ranelin has been playing and innovating the jazz idiom for over six decades, starting in Indianapolis, where he was born, into Detroit, where he and his musical contemporaries added kaleidoscopic coloring to what is now called Spiritual Jazz, to Los Angeles. He’s never stopped gigging, and has recorded with dozens over the years, including Madlib, with whom he recorded a yet-to-be-released album with Yesterdays New Quintet.
The records on offer are those he made, including albums on the Tribe imprint, and those that inspired him. These are records that Ranelin learned from and admired, and many are well worn from repeated plays over a fifty year span. These are records that Ranelin carried with him on his travels, and are records he’s now offering to a new home, with a deep provenance and an undeniable influence.
Ranelin himself will be at the Rappcats space, happy to sign copies of the albums and discuss them, his Tribe label, and his legacy. He’s bringing rare copies of his Tribe Magazine, which he and Wendell Harrison published in small editions in the 1970s in Detroit, and they will be on display. If we’re lucky he might even bring his trombone and offer to play the lead from his masterpiece, “Vibes From The Tribe.” Every album comes with a note calling on the provenance of the piece. Albums not sold at the pop up will be offered in an online sale at Rappcats the week following the event.