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Transitions

by Marcus Shelby Orchestra

Big Band Orchestra influenced by the Duke Ellington Orchestra that features re-arranged and re-orchestrated standards of both vocal and instrumental compositions as well as inventive original compositions in the blues and swing tradition.
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1. Remember Rockefeller at Attica
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2. On a Turquoise Cloud
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3. Begin the Beguine
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4. Lullaby of Birdland
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5. In My Solitude
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6. It's All Right with Me
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7. Transition I (Pittsburg)
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8. Transition II (New York)
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9. Barnstormin' (Chicago)
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10. Black Ball Swing (Kansas City)
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11. Mood Indigo
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Album Notes
Marcus Shelby Orchestra: “Transitions”
Featuring Tiffany Austin and Mads Tolling

June 2019 the Marcus Shelby Orchestra will release their 5th CD recording titled “Transitions” on NOIR RECORDS. The recording will feature vocalist Tiffany Austin and violinist Mads Tolling. “Transitions” was recorded over 2 days at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA on September 26-27, 2017 and was produced by Eric Moffat and Marcus Shelby. The recording engineer was Adam Munoz who recorded the last CD recording by the Marcus Shelby Orchestra titled “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” The other CDs released by the Marcus Shelby Orchestra include:

1. The Lights Suite (2000)
2. Port Chicago (2004)
3. Harriet Tubman (Bound for the Promised Land) (2008)
4. Soul of the Movement (Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) (2011)

“Transitions” was programmed much like one may listen to a live concert. Meaning the CD starts with 2 instrumental compositions and then is followed by 4 vocal songs featuring Tiffany Austin, then 4 selections from a new suite composed by Marcus Shelby called “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues”, and then ends on “Mood Indigo” featuring Tiffany Austin once again.


The CD begins with a nod to 2 personal influences—Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington. The 1st is an original arrangement by Marcus Shelby of Charles Mingus’s composition “Remember Rockefeller at Attica” and features a solo by pianist Matt Clark. The 2nd is Duke Ellington’s composition “On a Turquois Cloud” featuring Mads Tolling on violin. The original Ellington recording featured opera singer Kay Davis.

The next 4 compositions, Begin the Beguine, Lullaby of Birdland, In my Solitude, and It’s Alright with Me all feature vocalist Tiffany Austin on original arrangements by Marcus Shelby. **See attachment for solo information.

The next 4 compositions are part of an original suite of music by Marcus Shelby called “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues” and highlights 4 of the great cities that championed Negro League baseball and also had their own unique musical traditions—especially the blues. Transitions 1: (Pittsburg), Transitions 2: (New York), Barnstormin’ (Chicago), and Black Ball Swing (Kansas City); **See attachment for solo information

The last composition is an original arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” by Marcus Shelby that features Tiffany Austin and tenor sax man Danny Brown before an abrupt key change that features the orchestra


Marcus Shelby Orchestra: “Transitions” Credits
Marcus Shelby Orchestra featuring Tiffany Austin and Mads Tolling

Transitions

Compositions

1. Remember Rockefeller at Attica

Composed by Charles Mingus; arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; solos: Matt Clark (piano)

2. On a Turquoise Cloud

Composed by Duke Ellington; solos: Mads Tolling (violin)

3. Begin the Beguine

Composed by Cole Porter; arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; vocal: Tiffany Austin

4. Lullaby of Birdland

Composed by George Shearing; arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; vocal: Tiffany Austin; solos: Tiffany Austin, Patrick Wolff (tenor), James Mahone (alto), Bill Ortiz (trumpet), Matt Clark (piano)

5. In my Solitude

Composed by Duke Ellington; arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; vocal: Tiffany Austin; solos: James Mahone (alto); Patrick Wolff (tenor).

6. It’s All Right with Me

Composed by Cole Porter; arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; vocal: Tiffany Austin; solos: Mitch Butler (trombone)

7. Transitions 1 (Pittsburg)

Composed, arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; solos: Bill Ortiz (trumpet), Rafa Postel (trumpet), Fil Lorenz (baritone), Matt Clark (piano)


8. Transitions 2 (New York)

Composed, arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; solos: Patrick Wolff (tenor), Mitch Butler (trombone)

9. Barnstormin’ (Chicago)

Composed, arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; solos: Rob Ewing (trombone), Matt Clark (piano)

10. Black Ball Swing (Kansas City)

Composed, arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; solos: Danny Brown (tenor), Mitch Butler (trombone), Mike Olmos (trumpet), Matt Clark (piano), Jeff Marrs (drums)

11. Mood Indigo

Composed by Duke Ellington, arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby; vocals: Tiffany Austin; solos: Danny Brown (tenor)

Musicians

Alto 1/Flute: James Mahone
Alto 2: Tom Griesser
Tenor 1/Clarinet: Patrick Wolff
Tenor 2: Danny Brown
Baritone: Fil Lorenz
Trombone 1: Mitch Butler
Trombone 2: Rob Ewing
Trombone 3: Charles Hamilton
Trumpet 1: Bill Thereur
Trumpet 2: Bill Ortiz
Trumpet 3: Rafa Postel
Piano: Matt Clark
Drums: Jeff Marrs
Vocals: Tiffany Austin
Violin: Mads Tolling
Bass/Conductor: Marcus Shelby

Credits

Produced by Marcus Shelby and Eric Moffat
Recorded September 26, 27 2017
Fantasy Studios
Engineering by
Mixed and Mastered by Eric Moffat
Artwork by Paul Waters





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