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Phil Ranelin Inspiration

From the progressives at Wide Hive comes this surprisingly tame, almost traditional set of genteel post-bop jazz. Ranelin is an unsung trombone hero of the 1970s Detroit free-funk scene, but here he settles into a relaxed, burnished mood marked by lush horn parts and elegant soloing. His nine-piece band includes several saxes, piano, bass clarinet, upright bass, drums and percussion, arranged with a natural grace that never seems overcrowded or abrasive, reminiscent of the early '60s Blue Note catalog. "This One's For Trane" stands out as the album's most compelling, ascendant scorcher thanks to an inspired excursion by the legendary Pharaoh Sanders.

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