Rare Detroit Jazz Fusion album. First ever vinyl reissue since 1985. Solo Album by Tribe founder Wendell Harrison. Featuring an all-star line-up.
Birth of a Fossil is a monster of an album featuring an all-star line-up that includes Dennis Rowland (Count Basie) on vocals, Duke Billingslea (Martha Reeves) on bass guitar, Pamela Wise (Tribe) on keyboards and Lorenzo Brown (Marcus Belgrave, Strata Records, Dennis Coffey) on percussion. On this fantastic sounding album (produced by the maestro himself) the listener is invited to experience a synthesis of what has been and what is now. The record shows Wendell’s trademark proficiency on saxophone, flute and clarinet...and although you can hear the 80ies creeping in with a smoother fusion sound, more synths, and R&B vocals... this remains a very spiritual (and soulful) jazz record. From the first to the last note you get 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.