Friday, May 31, 2013
Vibes From The Tribe
One of the most notable jazz collectives of the seventies came out of Detroit and was known as Tribe. This collective, which released all their material under the label name Tribe Records, was a political and social conscious driven group featuring a number of incredible musicians that included Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney, Doug Hammond and countless others. Tribe only lasted for about five years, but during that time the members of the collective released many great releases that explored the outer reaches of hard bop, soul, funk, spiritualism and the avant-garde. Even though many of the releases that came out during the collective's existence, which was approximately 1972-1977, didn't initially receive the national attention they deserved, these recordings are now beginning to be recognized all around the globe for their groundbreaking exploration of jazz.
Here is one of my favorite selections title "Glue Fingers (Part 2)" from Marcus Belgrave's album Gemini II, released by Tribe Records in 1974. This funky soul jazz gem is a great example of how many members of the Tribe often incorporated jazz and other influences into their music. Enjoy!
Marcus Belgrave - Glue Fingers (Part 2)