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Harriet Tubman

Label: Noir Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: CD1: Prelude: Ben & Rit; Ashanti Stomp; I Will Not Stand Still; Ben (Passin' Time); Life on the Chesapeake; Over Here Lord; North to Delaware. CD2: Stampede of Slaves; Freedom Trail; 54th Regiment (Will They Fight?); Black Suffrage Blues; Go Down Moses.

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Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra: Harriet Tubman

Read "Harriet Tubman" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Bassist, librettist, composer, and conductor Marcus Shelby has created with the jazz oratorio and double CD Harriet Tubman, a work that ought to have a place of honor in the intersecting worlds of jazz and American Black history. Performed exquisitely by the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, with vocals mostly by Faye Carol as Harriet Tubman, but ...

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Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra: Harriet Tubman

Read "Harriet Tubman" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Harriet Tubman is an ambitious jazz opera, largely composed and arranged by bassist Marcus Shelby for his Jazz Orchestra. Shelby was a member of Black/Note, an ensemble that recorded for Blue Note and Impulse! during the first half of the 1990s. The biographical heroine of this effort is the 18th-century woman who rose from slavery to ...

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Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra: Harriet Tubman

Read "Harriet Tubman" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Harriet Tubman resta un simbolo per la nazione afro-americana e mentre si avvicina il centenario della scomparsa (nel 2013) la sua figura viene sempre più celebrata: dieci anni fa Wynton Marsalis le ha dedicato un brano del disco Thick in the South, più recentemente Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs e J.T. Lewis hanno intitolato il loro organico ...

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Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra featuring Faye Carol: Harriet Tubman

Read "Harriet Tubman" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Bay Area bassist and orchestra leader Marcus Shelby conducts his jazz oratorio based on the life of legendary Underground Railroad heroine, Harriet Tubman. Her story doesn't lack for pathos or drama--either in its broad outline or in the smaller details. For example, while she was a teenaged slave, an overseer threw an iron weight at her ...

Port Chicago

Label: Noir Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Act 1: Introduction; Opening Dance; Call to War; Training Day; Mechanized Women; Work Routine; Barracks Life; Black in Blue. Act 2: Work Routine 2; Big Liberty Blues; Sweet Brownness; Explosion; After; Exoneration (76:54).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra: Port Chicago

Read "Port Chicago" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Are you aware of Port Chicago, and do you know what happened there more than sixty years ago? Chances are you don't, as it's not something American history books will likely mention or military recruiters point to with pride. In brief: on July 17, 1944, a massive explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Base (near Oakland, ...

The Lights Suite

Label: Noir Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Moten Swing; Maia; The Lights Suite (The Lights, Afro Mission, Portrait, Dance of the Mission Babies); Anais Petit; Dinah (51:26).

The Lights Suite

Label: Noir Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Moten Swing; Maia; The Lights Suite (The Lights, Afro Mission, Portrait, Dance of the Mission Babies); Anais Petit; Dinah (51:26).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra: The Lights Suite

Read "The Lights Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A brief preamble: while spending last Thanksgiving with my wife's sister and her family in Palo Alto, CA, I had the radio tuned to KCSM-FM in San Mateo (a 24-hour Jazz station, naturally) whose weekday noontime feature is an album played in its entirety without interruption. On this particular day the album chosen was by a ...


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