In spring 2007, internationally respected innovative Detroit based producer Carl Craig re-assembled the remaining core living original members of the Tribe collective all still heavily active nationally and internationally and still very much in contact with other - Wendell Harrison (still living and working in Detroit), Phil Ranelin (now living and working in Los Angeles), Marcus Belgrave (still living in Detroit) and Doug Hammond (now living in Germany). In Craig’s newly refined Detroit Studio a brand new collective album started to take shape. The record features classic Tribe material including a brand new arrangements of the Tribe classics “Vibes from The Tribe,” and "Glue Fingers" as well as new compositions written especially for the record.
The first taster for the album, the single "Livin in A New Day" an appropriately titled brand new composition by Phil Ranelin, was released in December 2007. Describing the new song Phil said “It felt great to be back laying down some tracks with the guys. The inspiration for "Livin In A New Day " comes as usual for me just checking out the daily vibes on the planet. We are in very critical times in my opinion and there are lots of issues that need our attention. Things have drastically changed in the last twenty or thirty years and unfortunately most of it hasn't really been good for the planet or the people of the planet, and then you have all of these on going wars, lies, disruptions and fear promotion that's taking place it's really crazy ! That's "Livin In A New Day."
The second single from the album "Vibes From The Tibe / Livin' in a new Day - C2 remix" featured a brand new remake of the Tribe anthem "Vibes From The Tribe" plus a non-album Carl Craig remix of "Livin' in a New Day" that was especially made for UK DJ Gilles Peterson. The single was released in early August 2008 following the Tribe collectives first ever live gig in New York at the new (le) Poisson Rouge space (formerly the Village Gate) as part of the JVC JAZZ FESTIVAL.The show featured the full live band including Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, Wendell Harrison on reeds and Phillip Ranelin on Trombone. The New York Times' Ben Ratliff attended the gig giving it a favorable review.
Fans of Carl Craig should note this is not a Carl Craig album - he is the producer here and for him this album is about presenting the Tribe sound. In some ways it's an extension of his work with the Detroit Experiment but says "it's less experimental than Innerzone Orchestra and more cohesive than Detroit Experiment" but moreover in reality the project is a revival of Craig's label Community Projects which released the fantastic jazz album "World Trade Music" from drummer Francisco Mora in the late 90s. Community Projects is a sister label to Craig's Planet E Communications - devoted to non electronic music including jazz, world musics and blues. It's basis is in the Detroit community. Below is detailed biographies for the four core Tribe members.
Label: Community Projects/Planet E Communications, Inc
Producer: Carl Craig
Engineer: Collin Dupuis
Recording Studio: White Room & My House of Trouble, Detroit MI
Mix Studio: My House of Trouble, Detroit, MI
Mastering: Michael Fossenkemper @ Turtle Tone Studios
The Tribe: Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Marcus Belgrave, Doug Hammond
Kelvin Sholar - Rhodes
Karriem Riggins – Drums
Damon Warmack – Bass
John Arnold – Guitar
Amp Fiddler – Keyboards
Humberto ‘Andres’ Hernandez - Congas
Joan Belgrave – Voice
Pamela Wise - Keyboards
Ralphe Armstrong – Bass
Pathe Jassi- Bass
Gayelynn McKinney - Drums
Motor City Horns – Backing Horns
Mark Byerly (Trumpet), John Rutherford (Trombone), Keith Kaminski (Sax)