Shelby, Marcus Jazz Orchestra / Harriet Tubman
Album:Harriet Tubman Collection:Jazz
Artist:Shelby, Marcus Jazz Orchestra Added:Oct 2008
Label:Noir Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-10-05 Pull Date:2008-12-07 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Nov 30Nov 16Nov 9Nov 2Oct 26Oct 19Oct 12

Recent Airplay
1.Dec 16, 2021:Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Dec 11, 2021)
Stampede Of Slaves, Go Down Moses, I Will Not Stand Still
4.May 14, 2010:No Cover, No Minimum
I Will Not Stand Still
2.Dec 11, 2021:Music Casserole
Stampede Of Slaves, Go Down Moses, I Will Not Stand Still
5.Feb 20, 2009:No Cover, No Minimum
Stampede Of Slaves
3.Jan 31, 2014:No Cover, No Minimum
I Will Not Stand Still
6.Nov 28, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
Life On The Chesapeake

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-10-04 
Noir, 2008

MODERN BIG BAND – This is a stunning oratorio about the heroic slave/spy/nurse/activist by local bassist/composer Shelby, a sprawling black historical epic reminiscent of Duke Ellington’s later work, with the influence of Charles Mingus and Wynton Marsalis also evident. The band and soloists are consistently excellent, while singers Faye Carol and Kenny Washington bring power and phenomenal swing (and can scat like mad). Just wonderful, an absolute triumph.

Fo’s Picks: Disc 1 – 2, 3, 5 Disc 2 – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


1. 1:44 – calm bluesy intro, sets up the main melodic theme
2. 9:29 – sharp cry into bold, rolling groove w/ African undertone, strong solos
3. 10:35 – awesome vocal, firm and defiant; starts slowly, turns upbeat
4. 4:51 – happily swinging love song; good but feels a bit out of place here
5. 5:23 – engaging uptempo glide, hummable melody; vocals add gospel feel
6. 8:28 – gospel hymn, simply stated, strong vocals and sweet ensemble
7. 3:21 – deliberate pace, complex vocal harmony, interlaced horns


1. 14:03 – cool sneaky instrumental, a high-wire groove, very strong solos
2. 6:04 – instrumental starts with cold fire, shifts to more soulful feel; hot sax
3. 4:45 – baritone vocal, slow and somber, soft, dusky horns, intriguing rhythm
4. 8:30 – easy walking blues, laid-back, but ends in a raucous celebration
5. 9:50 – classic spiritual, advanced harmony; then hard-hitting uptempo

[ Fo ] 4-Oct-08

Track Listing
1.Prelude: Ben & Rit 7.North To Delaware
2.Ashanti Stomp 8.Stampede Of Slaves
3.I Will Not Stand Still 9.Freedom Trail
4.Ben (Passin' Time) 10.54th Regiment (Will They Fight?)
5.Life On The Chesapeake 11.Black Suffrage Blues
6.Over Here Lord 12.Go Down Moses