Harriet Tubman is a trio dedicated to a thunderously heavy fusion. Guitarist Brandon Ross keeps melody ever present in this group. You have heard his fretwork in such varied jazz projects as Henry Threadgill, The Lounge Lizards, and Cassandra Wilson while he has invaded pop to work with Jewel and Arrested Development. His contribution to the piece can range from melancholy, reflective, multi-bar solos to churning power chords. Always, it seems the mood-setting, guiding principle for the cut. Bassist Melvin Gibbs had a regular job in Rollins Band, but has also been opposite luminaries in varied projects such as Bill Frisell in Power Tools and Arto Lindsay. Gibbs communicates with the song through a low-ringing bass drone of sustained chords. The other half of this rhythm section is JT Lewis. The original Living Colour drummer also worked with Sting, Lou Reed, Herbie Hancock ("Rock It"), Vanessa Williams, Threadgill, and Marianne Faithful. Bringing a busy, jazz percussion supplement to the recipe, Lewis' inclusion in this group keeps a strong jazz presence opposite the largely rock guitars.
AllMusic Review by Tom Schulte