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Paintings for Jazz Orchestra (1995)

Paintings for Jazz Orchestra (1995)This recording was inspired by six paintings by Stuart Davis. Here is a sampling of the response to this recording:

"Paintings is quite a success. . . genuinely contemporary big band jazz, likely to appeal to [those] who share an interest in Charles Ives and Duke Ellington."
Jazz Journal International

"Les soloistes et l'ecriture traduit parfaitment cette abstraction."
Jazz Magazine

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Recent: World Premiere of Boston JazzScape
Aardvark Jazz World Premiere Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Remis Auditorium
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Aardvark marked the high point of its historic 40th season with the world premiere of Mark Harvey's epic new work, Boston JazzScape. The audience enjoyed an exuberant display of Aardvark's "awe-inspiring audience fascination" (Downbeat) as the band delivered Harvey's exhilarating 21st century salute to Boston. This extended suite, composed over 10 years, showed off Harvey's prodigious skill in styles ranging from jazz, swing, blues, and rock to multi-stylistic mashups. The piece tells a fascinating story of Boston, from the Great Fire of 1872 to Sacco & Vanzetti to the infamous urban renewal of the West End (a precursor to the Big Dig), from Boston-born jazz maven Nat Hentoff to social crusader Kip Tiernan, from the back story of the Charlie Card to Mayor Kevin White's Summerthing.
 
 
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