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Phil Ranelin: Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019

Read "Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019" reviewed by Chuck Koton

One day, in Indianapolis in 1948, a nine year old Phil Ranelin made a fateful visit to his paternal grandmother's home. She was a real music buff and that afternoon, before she went to do some work out back, she told young Phillip, “Any of these records, feel free to play 'em and see what kind of music you like. Just don't scratch 'em!" That afternoon, Phillip discovered “everything from Big Maybelle to Charlie Parker." A couple of ...



A Fireside Chat with Phil Ranelin

Read "A Fireside Chat with Phil Ranelin" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Loyalty and Los Angeles are seldom companions. However, Phil Ranelin's loyalty to the City of Angels is not confined to a championship banner. His fidelity can be measured by his acute sense of brotherhood and community. Actively involved in contributing to the tradition, Ranelin's life mirrors his music, principled, cultivated, and perpetually progressive.

All About Jazz: Inspiration is your tribute to those who have inspired you.

Phil Ranelin: The title is pretty fitting because I think I was inspired by ...


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Phil Ranelin: Inspiration

Read "Inspiration" reviewed by John Kelman

While he started out as a Motown session player, trombonist Phil Ranelin left that behind in the '70s, instead pursuing a style that blended post-Coltrane post bop with Afro-Cuban rhythms and harmonies. With Inspiration , Ranelin delivers an album firmly planted in these traditions, paying tribute to a number of his influences and past collaborators, including Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Eric Dolphy and, of course, Coltrane.

Ranelin's nonet combines saxophones, bass clarinet and, on occasion, flutes, to create a rich ...


Album Review

Phil Ranelin: Inspiration

Read "Inspiration" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trombonist Phil Ranelin has worked sessions with Motown acts Stevie Wonder and the Temptations. That should be resume enough. If it isn't, he's also played with jazz men Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Raahsan Roland Kirk, and Grant Green, just to name a few. Inspiration finds the trombonist fronting a nonet with four multiple reedmen in the mix, on a spirited mainstream session that features four standout guest slots, most notably tenor sax man Pharoah Sanders on “This One's ...


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