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Shelby, Marcus Jazz Orchestra / Harriet Tubman
Album:Harriet Tubman Collection:Jazz
Artist:Shelby, Marcus Jazz Orchestra Added:10/2008
Label:Noir Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-10-05 Pull Date:2008-12-07 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:30 Nov16 Nov9 Nov2 Nov26 Oct19 Oct12 Oct

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 31, 2014:No Cover, No Minimum
I Will Not Stand Still
4.Nov 28, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
Life On The Chesapeake
2.May 14, 2010:No Cover, No Minimum
I Will Not Stand Still
5.Nov 27, 2008:"In Your Ear ..." with David Bug, this thanksgivings morning
Go Down Moses, Black Suffrage Blues, 54th Regiment (Will They Fight?), Freedom Trail, Stampede Of Slaves, North To Delaware, Over Here Lord, Life On The Chesapeake, Ben (Passin' Time), I Will Not Stand Still, Ashanti Stomp, Prelude: Ben & Rit
3.Feb 20, 2009:No Cover, No Minimum
Stampede Of Slaves
6.Nov 14, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
Ashanti Stomp

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