The Jazzcat

Phil Ranelin and his quintet at the LAX Westin!

by on Jun.09, 2005, under News


Click Phil's picture above to listen to his music!!!

Slide Show

This is a

band that everyone should come out to see. The band is loaded with

individual talent that comes together and swings like a short skirt

blowin’ on a windy day, BAM!



Phil and his quintet

lock into a sound that is hip and full of rich five part flavor. Out in

the front line with Phil on tenor and flute is Keith Fiddmont. He

connects with emotion and coats the audience with a warm tone

reminiscent of a multitude of our finest horn masters of the past, the

most prominent being that of the Trane. Crisp, clear and even in his

delivery, Keith is a serious technician.



Dynamite Donald Vega

splashes all across the keys with brilliant bright strides, twinkles

and melodies that puts a smile on the face of the blues. He delivers

such joy when he performs you can feel the happiness and love of the

beautiful woman who completes his house.



Watch out when Ryan

Cross starts thumping. This cat is his bass. He is wonderful to hear

and watch as each and passionate every note is played with a different

facial expression to match. He is definitely on of the hot and in

demand young bass players on the scene also leading his own band “The

Cross-Hart Connection”



Don Littleton is a

drummer that fills and spills percussive rhythmic love all over, in and

though the sound of the music. The time ticks, the brushes caress, and

the stick connect with imagination, style and individual flair.



The sound of the

trombone is so unique. Phil plays with such an intellectual conceptual

style that the music color is well outside the lines. Creativity

abounds and speaks is own language that carries out across the room and

translates into swaying bodies, snapping fingers and cringed up faces

that understand and receive the message through the tone.



Phil has a brand new

disc out on the Wide Hive label called “Inspirations”, much of which he

gets from players like Trane, Freddie Hubbard, Tapscott, Silver and of

course the almighty effervescent and beautiful sounds of Eric Dolphy.

Three tunes, “Shades of Dolphy(prelude)”, “Spirit of Dolphy” and

“Shades of Dolphy(encore) are dedicated to the birdman alone.



The ballads are warm

as the tropics; the straight ahead blows with electricity and the blues

will put mud between your toes! Don’t miss your next opportunity to see

a great bone player and his band, the Phil Ranelin Quintet!


LeRoy Downs




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