Boomkat Product Review:
Legendary players Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Marcus Belgrave and Doug Hammond reunite with Detroit supremo Carl Craig for a further exploration of Afrofuturistic-jazz terrain. The Tribe have been a massively influential force upon the music community of Detroit for more than 30 years now, impacting upon everyone from Dilla to Mad Mike in their own way, but it was left to Carl Craig to set up a properly working relationship, regrouping the Tribe at his studio and lending his sparkling production to '07's 'Living In A New Day, a precursor to this full-length, 'Rebirth'. Their 'V.2' of that track opens the album, featuring lush synths from Mr C2, complementing the late night vibes of the players plus Cuban conga maestro Humberto 'Andres' Hernandez. Phil Ranelin's classic 'Vibes From Tribe' is revisited for another 'V.2' mix, again adding Craig's subtle space cruiser synths to the mix, bringing the group firmly into the 21st Century, while showing their undoubted class with the spirit melting harmonics of 'Jazz On The Run'. The funkier 'Ride' displays the diversity of the group as they switch up to strutting vibes with rampant Rhodes keys and the sort of melodic changes you can imagine indicated by intuitive winks and nods in the studio followed by the Sun-Ra esque 'Lesli'. 'Rebirth' is a commendable effort from all involved, bringing late 70's spiritual jazz up to date with a deeply respectful finish.