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Duke Ellington / Sacred Music (2002)
 CD features Ducal rarities - A Song for Christmas and Three Black Kings [first movement] - plus selections from the Sacred Concert repertory including Heaven, The Shepherd, Freedom, and David Danced with vocal soloists, tap dancer, and eighty voice choir [combined MIT Concert Choir and the Choir of Men and Boys from All Saints Parish, Ashmont, in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood]. As recorded by WGBH at the Ellington Centennial concert at MIT in 1999.
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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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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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