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 Listen to 5 selections from Aardvark's debut CD, Aardvark Steps Out, recognized as a great sampler of the band's range, "from screech to swing" as the Boston Phoenix said. 

Selected excerpts (click on a link to download MP3): 

  1. Echoes
  2. Scamology   
  3. For Edward    (full track)
  4. Blue Sequence  
  5. Freedom Song

Here is a sampling of response to this CD:

"Aardvark Steps Out, footprints a rumble with jurassic import and power. The uncontrollable aspects of a juggernaut unleashed provide much of the Aardvark's awe-inspiring audience fascination."  Downbeat

". . . relentless dedication to a cutting-edge approach . . . with exciting exploratory solos."  Boston Globe

"Aardvark Steps Out is a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum. . . Aardvark suggests the best and brashest of Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, George Russell, and even Frank Zappa. . . In all, a refreshing breath of spirited yet structured rebellion from the tried and true. On, Aardvark!"  Jazz Times

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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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