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Detroit-based jazz musician Wendell Harrison is a recording artist, performer, teacher, author and entrepreneur. His fame as a clarinetist and saxophonist has spread throughout the United States, Africa, The Caribbean, Middle East, and Europe. His instruction book, the Be Boppers Method Book I with accompanying CD and the


Jazz Is Dead 2: Roy Ayers

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sold Out; Synchronize Vibration; Hey Lover; Soulful and Unique; Shadows of The East; Sunflowers; Gravity; Solace; African Sounds.


Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Chris May

The world may be going to hell in a handcart, but the year has been full of uplifting jazz. Here are ten of the best albums--the first seven newly recorded, the final three reissued or recently unearthed. Each one is the coyote's cojones. Yazz Ahmed Polyhymnia Ropeadope The eagerly ...


Article: Album Review

Emanative & Phil Ranelin: Vibes From The Tribe

Read "Vibes From The Tribe" reviewed by Chris May

The Tribe referred to here was a musicians' cooperative in jny: Detroit, Michigan, active from 1972-1977. It was co-founded by trombonist Phil Ranelin and saxophonist Wendell Harrison and was equal parts band, record label and community project. Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave was among the members. The organization had close affinities with jny: Chicago's Association for the Advancement ...


Article: Album Review

John Lindberg BC3: Born In An Urban Ruin

Read "Born In An Urban Ruin" reviewed by John Sharpe

Acclaimed bassist John Lindberg's trio on Born In An Urban Ruin possesses a distinctive and deeply personal sound in keeping with the man himself. That's down to both the novel instrumentation with long time associate Kevin Norton mostly on vibes and Michigan native Wendell Harrison on clarinets, and the character of Lindberg's writing. The essential humanity ...


It's About Damn Time

Label: Enja Records
Released: 2011


Article: Big Band Report

Catching Up

Read "Catching Up" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As our most recent column was devoted exclusively to the Ken Poston / LAJI event, “Modern Sounds," held October 20-24 at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel, and to the day-long tribute to bandleader Stan Kenton on the hundredth anniversary of his birth that followed, a number of substantive items slipped through the cracks. Before they ...


News: Recording

A New Message From The Tribe ...Jazz Great Wendell Harrison Is Back With A New Release, "It’s About Damn Time," His First As A Leader In Seven Years

A New Message From The Tribe ...Jazz Great Wendell Harrison Is Back With A New Release, "It’s About Damn Time," His First As A Leader In Seven Years

Co-founder of the legendary Tribe record label and collective in the 1970's, Jazz saxophonist Wendell Harrison has long been known for creating exciting projects, having played with important jazz artists such as Eddie Harris, Grant Green, Eddie Jefferson and Sun Ra, as well as Motown artists Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin. Hot on the heels of ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Various Artists: Message from the Tribe - An Anthology of Tribe Records 1972-1976

Read "Various Artists: Message from the Tribe - An Anthology of Tribe Records 1972-1976" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Various ArtistsMessage from the Tribe: An Anthology of Tribe Records 1972-1976Soul Jazz Records2010 “It seems to me that Black musicians are always on top of the issues." So wrote critic Betty L. Holloway in a mid-1970s number of Tribe magazine. It's easy to assume that Holloway meant the ...


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