A native of Cincinnati, Trible relocated to Los Angeles in 1978 and swiftly became part of its jazz scene. He caught the ear of pianist/bandleader Horace Tapscott
, who became a mentor for the singer. Trible worked his way up to vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra
, which he continued to lead after Tapscott
's death in 1999. Two years later, Trible released a tribute to Tapscott
called Horace on Elephant Records
; it was his first album.
Released on Passinthevibe
, Living Water was his breakthrough in 2004, earning a nomination from BBC Radio One as Worldwide Album of the Year and a designation from LA Weekly for Artist of the Year. Its acclaim led to Love Is the Answer, a record released on Ninja Tune
in 2005. Initially planned as a production by Carlos Nino
, but once multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story
joined the sessions, it was credited to Dwight Trible & The Life Force Trio; in addition to the main album, a variation containing nothing but instrumental versions of the record saw the light of day in 2005.
Trible was featured on Venus of Harlem, a 2008 album by Paul Zauner's Blue Brass
, and he returned to solo recording in 2011, releasing a pair of albums called Cosmic and Duality, the latter being a duet album with John Beasley
. Trible's profile increased considerably when he sang lead vocals on Kamasai Washington
's 2015 record The Epic, the rare jazz album to find a crossover audience. In its wake, Gondwana Records signed the singer. His first album for the label was Inspirations, a 2017 collaborative album with Matthew Halsall
. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi