Featuring 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." “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&emdash;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.