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Newest CD: Passages
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD, Passages (2016) Leo Records

Released April 2016

Passages (Leo Records) 

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continued its 43rd season on MIT’s mainstage, Kresge Auditorium, with a concert showcasing the North American release of the band’s 14th CD, Passages (Leo Records), featuring compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey.  The CD has already garnered rave reviews in Europe:

Fresh….unconventional….Aardvark Jazz Orchestra proves once more its reputation as one of the best jazz ensembles in the world.  - Jazz Podium, Germany

Highly imaginative and varied music which is marvelously suggestive of its themes….The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra play beautifully all the way through the album.  It speaks an extraordinary dialectic, harmonious though bizarrely ruminating.  Exceptional music indeed.  - Jazz Views (UK)

In the April 2016 show, Aardvark performed the centerpiece of the new CD, Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy.  In addition, Harvey presented Dreaming (2014) and No Walls (2004), and premieres of his latest works Fluctuations and By the Way.

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 

 
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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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