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Transitions (Marcus Shelby)

Label: MSO Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Remember Rockefeller; On a Turquoise Cloud; Begin the Beguine; Lullaby of Birdland; Solitude; It's Alright with Me; Transitions I (Pittsburgh); Transitions II (New York); Barnstormin (Chicago); Black Ball Swing (Kansas City); Mood Indigo

NEWS: RECORDING

Marcus Shelby Places Suite Exploring Negro League Baseball At The Heart Of "Transitions," Set For June 7 Release By MSO Records

Marcus Shelby Places Suite Exploring Negro League Baseball At The Heart Of "Transitions," Set For June 7 Release By MSO Records

Bassist, composer, and bandleader Marcus Shelby brings together three of his greatest passions—African-American history, baseball, and big-band jazz—on Transitions, the latest work by his 15-piece Marcus Shelby Orchestra, set for a June 7 release on his own MSO Records. While the album offers Shelby’s lush arrangements of classic tunes by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and Cole ...

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 KCSM­FM in San Mateo (a 24­hour 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 ...

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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