CD Spotlight

Psalms & Elegies (1997)
  This recording includes "Tiananmen Elegy," "Don Cherry's Song of Beauty" and
"Psalms" recorded live at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

Here is a sampling of response to this recording:

"There's an all-pervading honesty to this music, both in its conception and execution. The latter aspect depends on the ensemble's notable precision and the strength of its soloists . . . Harvey's compositions unfold naturally and forcefully . . . the music moves with logic and momentum. Aardvark gives one hope for the future of the large jazz ensemble. This is a very fine band, and a very fine album." Cadence

"A brave and unusual venture" The Wire

"The playing is spectacular, the music is adventurous, interesting and spiritual."
Cathy Austin, KZSU-FM
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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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