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Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990-2014
Artist
Tribe
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
STRUT210
Release Date
November 8, 2019
  • Vinyl 2×LP

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    STRUT210LP

    A1. Wide And Blue
    A2. Freddie's Groove
    B1. Juba
    B2. Ode To Black Mothers
    B3. Conjure Man
    C1. Libra Ahora (Live)
    C2. Hometown
    D1. He The One We All Knew
    D2. Marcus Garvey
    D3. The Slave Sip Enterprise

  • CD

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    STRUT210CD

Strut and Art Yard present the first compilation bringing together the modern era recordings of Tribe, Detroit’s acclaimed independent jazz collective.

Tribe began as a musical ensemble in 1971 co-founded by Saxophonist Wendell Harrison and trombonist Phil Ranelin that soon expanded into a broad amalgam including a live collective and independent record label. Ignored by the mainstream, many African American jazz artists in Detroit and across the US began creating their own small imprints and Tribe emerged alongside other cultural entities to express self-determination goals in the city: saxophonist Ernie Rodgers with his sessions at Rapa House; John and Leni Sinclair’s Artist Workshop; Bruce Millan’s Repertory Theater; the Hastings Jazz Experience and the Strata Corporation led by Kenny Cox. Harrison’s ideas of independence, self-determination and education were central to the Tribe ethos: “I might be possessed with a drive to get the knowledge out,” explained Harrison, “because I see this as sustaining the future of the jazz diaspora, the jazz tradition.” Tribe album releases like Harrison’s ‘An Evening With The Devil’ (1972) and Harrison and Ranelin’s ‘A Message From The Tribe’ (1973) became early ‘70s milestones in Detroit jazz.

In 1977, Harrison teamed up with pianist/composer Harold McKinney to form Rebirth Inc., aided by Detroit cultural warrior John Sinclair, a continuation of the Tribe community ethos. Musically, it formed a link with radio station WDET and began an outreach program to teach children and to publish Harrison’s jazz instruction books. Harrison continue to record extensively as a leader with his own labels, WenHa and Tribe, documenting the collective through sessions led by Phil Ranelin, Harold McKinney, Pamela Wise and more.

The ‘Hometown’ compilation places the spotlight on this later era of Tribe and Rebirth Inc., with rare and previously unreleased recordings from Harrison’s WenHa / Rebirth Studios and the SereNgeti Gallery And Cultural Center. Among many highlights, Harold McKinney and his “McKinfolk” family of musicians contribute the pulsing ‘Wide And Blue’ and dance celebration ‘Juba’; Phil Ranelin re-works his classic ‘He The One We All Knew’; Poet Mbiyu Chui (Williams Moore), pianist Pamela Wise and percussionist Djallo Djakate spark on the uncompromising ‘Ode To Black Mothers’ and the rallying cry of ‘Marcus Garvey’: “If we ever get together we will astound the world.” Harrison himself evokes the power and majesty of juju on ‘Conjure Man’.

‘Hometown’ comes as a 2LP gatefold and 1CD digipak fully remastered by Technology Works from the original session recordings. Both formats include exclusive sleeve notes by journalist Herb Boyd with rare photos from Wendell Harrison’s personal archive.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Wide and Blue 8:11 Buy

    Wide and Blue

  2. 2 Freddie's Groove 10:32 Buy

    Freddie's Groove

  3. 3 Ode to Black Mothers 7:31 Buy

    Ode to Black Mothers

  4. 4 Juba 5:58 Buy

    Juba

  5. 5 Libra Ahora (Live) 13:13 Buy

    Libra Ahora (Live)

  6. 6 Conjure Man 4:31 Buy

    Conjure Man

  7. 7 Marcus Garvey 4:42 Buy

    Marcus Garvey

  8. 8 Hometown 7:58 Buy

    Hometown

  9. 9 He the One We All Knew 11:06 Buy

    He the One We All Knew

  10. 10 The Slave Sip Enterprise 5:37 Buy

    The Slave Sip Enterprise

Track List: LP

A1. WIDE AND BLUE 8.30
A2. FREDDIE’S GROOVE 10.34
B1. JUBA 5.57
B2. ODE TO BLACK MOTHERS 7.32
B3. CONJURE MAN 4.31
C1. LIBRA AHORA 13.10
C2. HOMETOWN 8.02
D1. HE THE ONE WE ALL KNEW 11.04
D2. MARCUS GARVEY 4.44
D3. THE SLAVE SHIP ENTERPRISE 5.38

Track List: CD

  1. WIDE AND BLUE 8.30
  2. FREDDIE’S GROOVE 10.34
  3. ODE TO BLACK MOTHERS 7.32
  4. JUBA 5.59
  5. LIBRA AHORA 13.12
  6. CONJURE MAN 4.31
  7. MARCUS GARVEY 4.44
  8. HOMETOWN 8.02
  9. HE THE ONE WE ALL KNEW 11.07
  10. THE SLAVE SHIP ENTERPRISE 5.38
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