Renowned trombonist and co-founder of Detroit's famed TRIBE Records, Phil Ranelin, is back with his first album in a decade. A master trombonist of the J.J. Johnson tradition, Ranelin’s career has spanned over five decades with ten records as a solo artist, four as a Freddie Hubbard sideman, session recordings for Motown, and work with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Telefon Tel Aviv. At 82 years old, Ranelin proves that he still has much to offer with “Infinite Expressions”, a work that showcases his unique style both as a player and composer.
"As the year 2020 approached, a number of exciting plans were in the works for me to continue my yearlong 80th Birthday Tour that had successfully kicked off on May 26th, 2019. But on February 2nd , 2020, I played my one & only concert of the year! Because in March of 2020, the worldwide shutdown and ban of all live musical performances sadly became a way of life. Music, and live music in particular, is one of the true phenomenons of our very existence, so to have it eliminated effects each and every one of us leaving a void and disrupting & severing some of the most vital elements of the human spirit! On a personal level & due to my DNA I was compelled to seek out a solution for me to remain creative,positive and sane! So in September of 2020, after spending 5 agonizing months in isolation and musical lock down, I decided to uplift my spirits by launching a solo recording project. I wasn’t sure how I would do it, or even if I were in enough shape to do it. I dug down deep for strength & the courage that was needed to began the process of creating a lasting piece of Art After discussing the idea with some of my close fans and friends , I was inspired to precede; the problem though was ,with the exception of playing a couple of numbers one night at a beautiful gathering in Malibu , I hadn’t played with anyone in 5 months, so it still took a lot of soul searching to actually go forward! Time is a ever changing ever evolving never ceasing constant, In the 1970’s I composed a album entitled “The Time Is Now”, so once again time is the theme, motivation & inspiration for a Phil Ranelin project All of the positive flow of energy and love that surrounded me, gave me the courage to precede with the idea of recording a album that would represent a 2020 version of myself; “INFINITE EXPRESSIONS” is in fact , a true labor of Love! So with guidance from the ultimate source, the most high, I was able to complete the project that hopefully you are listening to right now! All of my life I have had spiritual guidance & protection that has allowed me to stay the course and persevere, this project is no different! THANK YOU GOD!"
PHIL RANELIN, FEBRUARY 19, 2021
released October 8, 2021
PHIL RANELIN – Trombones & Cow Bell
MICHAEL ALVIDREZ – Acoustic Bass (Tracks 2 & 3)
ANDRE BEASLEY – Drums
IAN MARTIN – Acoustic Bass (Tracks 1, 5 & 6)
CARLOS NIÑO – Various Percussions
HIDEAKI TOKUNAGA – Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Engineered by JESSE PETERSON, September 17, 2020 at The Hearing Room
Additional Project Engineers: EDDIE RESTO, MICHAEL ALVIDREZ
Mixing Engineer: LEE RAY
Mixing Consultant: DAWAN MUHAMMAD / LIFEFORCE RECORDS
Mastering Engineer: YAYO MORALES (CSL Studios)
Front Cover Art: DONOVAN VIM CRONY
Album Cover Layout & Graphics: YAYO MORALES & ALEX TENTA
Album Design: YAYO MORALES & PHIL RANELIN
Back Cover Photo: JOE LARUSSO
Inside photo: CHUCK KOTON
Project Consultant: CARLOS NIÑO
Produced by PHIL RANELIN
supported by 5 fans who also own “Infinite Expressions”
Listen... There will never be a time that we don't snatch up JBL... While each of his myriad projects always seems new and different from any other... The strength and beauty of his playing and musical imagination shines through every time. This one - a New Spiritual Vibe of sorts, is already one of our MANY James Brandon Lewis faves!!!