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New CD: Impressions
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD Impressions
The new CD “IMPRESSIONS” features seven compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey that Francois Couture has called “highly enjoyable . . . with convincing writing and strong performances.” (Monsieur Delire/Canada).  The music conjures up a variety of moods, emotions, and tone colors, as well as inspirations from socio-cultural events in Boston’s history, such as the struggle for desegregation of the public schools, the urban renewal fiasco of the old West End neighborhood, and the tragedy of Sacco and Vanzetti.  This exploratory music ranges from the lyrical to the Dada-esque, from the meditative to the monumental. 

Reviews of the recording are enthusiastic:

“Exceptional music”  Ken Cheetham, Jazz Views

“Strange, brooding harmonic language…beautiful playing throughout” Jon Garelick, The Artery/WBUR Radio

“It’s great music. Aardvark have an eloquence in their improvisation written inside the art of orchestration.  A pity Duke and The Count can’t hear where their great art form has gotten to.”  Steve Davis/What’s New Jazz Magazine, UK
 
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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

Order your CD today:
Send a check for $15, (s & h  included), made payable to Aardvark, c/o Mark Harvey, PO  Box 8721, JFK Station, Boston, MA 02114 

 ALBUM CREDITS

  •  Dr. Toby Mountain  Mastering
  •  Rick Nelson  Guitar
  •  Mike Peipman  Trumpet
  •  Bob Pilkington  Trombone, French Horn
  •  Phil Scarff  Saxophone, Wind, Woodwind
  •  Jeanne Snodgrass  Trumpet
  •  Marshall Sealy  French Horn
  •  David Broderick  Engineer
  •  Arni Cheatham  Saxophone, Wind, Woodwind
  •  Jerry Edwards  Bass (Electric), Contrabassoon, Vocals
  •  Craig Ellis  Percussion, Drums
  •  Donna Hewitt-Didham  Percussion, Vocals
  •  Joe Higgins  Vocals, Contrabass Violin, Contrabass Trombone
  •  Jay Keyser  Trombone, French Horn
  •  Jeff Marsankas  Trombone
  •  Brian McCree  Vocals, Contrabass Trombone, Contrabass Violin
  •  Raj Mehta  Trumpet
  •  Harry Wellott  Bass (Electric), Drums, Vocals
  •  Jeff Marsanskis  Trombone, French Horn
  •  Rick Nelson  Guitar
  •  Kate Matson  Design, Cover Art
  •  Rajesh Mehta  Trumpet
  •  Peter H. Bloom  Saxophone, Wind, Woodwind
  •  Ken Filiano  Vocals, Contrabass Violin, Contrabass Trombone
 
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