LABEL: Tidal Waves Music
CAT NO: TWM28LITA
01. Take Time Out
02. Sea Minor Blues
03. Pink Snowballs And Violet Skies
04. Belle Isle
01. Where Am I
02. Dreams Of A Love Supreme
03. Patrina’s Dance
– Dreams Of A Love Supreme
LP – Limited Edition 180g Cobalt Blue Vinyl w/Obi-Strip
(*Only 300 copies pressed in this edition. Includes a previously unreleased bonus track.)
Wendell Harrison was born in Detroit in 1942 where he began formal jazz studies for piano, clarinet and tenor saxophone. At 14, while still in high school, Harrison started performing and recording professionally with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Grant Green, Sun Ra, Hank Crawford … and many others. In 1971, Harrison began teaching music at Metro Arts (a multi-arts complex for youth) where he also connected with Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney and Phil Ranelin…soon after they formed the (nowlegendary) Afro-centric Tribe record label and artist collective. Tribe used the Metro Arts complex as a vehicle to convey a growing black political consciousness. Wendell Harrison also published the very popular TRIBE magazine, a publication dedicated to local and national social and political issues, as well as featuring artistic contributions such as poetry and visual pieces.
Dreams of a Love Supreme is a monster album that features an all-star line-up that includes Phil Ranelin (Freddie Hubbard, Solomon Burke, Mulatu Astakte) on trombone, Harold McKinney (Tribe) on Keyboards and Roy Brooks (Yusef Lateef, Chet Baker, Mingus) on percussion. Although you can hear the 80’s creeping in with a smoother sound, more synths, and disco / R&B vocals… this remains a very spiritual (and soulful) jazz record. The record’s an irresistible blend of soul jazz combined with funky electric instrumentation…a groovy sound which is very much of its time, yet overtly timeless and as relevant today as it was back when it was initially released.
See below for tracklisting…