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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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Trumpet Madness, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Trumpet Madness features several wonderful trumpeters, as well as the entire Aardvark Orchestra in both solo and collective improvisational roles. Among the trumpeters are music director Mark Harvey, soloing on Taylor Ho Bynum's Concerto for Orchestra and Improviser, Berlin-based trumpeter Rajesh Mehta, featured on Harvey's Spirals which was written especially for Mehta and his percussion collaborator Paul Lovens, and trumpeters Harvey, Ho Bynum, Mehta, Greg Kelley, and Jeanne Snodgrass on the title tune Trumpet Madness, an improvisational tour de force. K.C. Dunbar, Jimmy Leach, and Eric Dahlman round out our trumpetistic panorama as they are heard to advantage on several other tracks on the recording.

All selections were recorded in live performance, six of the seven cuts are world premieres, and throughout, they showcase the band's unique approach to blending spontaneous creation within complex structures. While there is a trumpet concept at work here, listeners will soon discover that Trumpet Madness leads inevitably and delightfully to total Aardvark madcap music-making of the highest order. To paraphrase American painter Stuart Davis, who was speaking of the influence of Guillaume Dufay's music on his abstractionist style, "trumpets used like voices/ real crazy syncopation."

Aardvark's latest CD recording Trumpet Madness was released on the prestigious London-based LEO Records label (long recognized for its commitment to challenging postmodern music), this is the band's eighth CD. Three of these have been released on the Leo Lab Records label.

Leo Records Description:
This is the fourth CD in Leo Records catalogue by The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra led by the composer, arranger, conductor and trumpeter Mark Harvey. Trumpet Madness displays the unique and disparate sounds of several wonderful trumpeters woven into the fabric of multi-stylistic orchestral compositions. Recorded in live performance, these compositions present the band's commitment to spontaneous creation within complex structures. Mark Harvey's approach to blending the solo, collective, and conducted improvisation of 28 [sic] talented players has been developed to a high level of intuitive and expressive virtuosity.

Product Details
Audio CD (July 19, 2005)
Original Release Date: July 19, 2005
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Live
Label: Leo Records UK
ASIN: B0007XTO16 

 

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1. Flexology Listen Listen
2. JB's Dreamtime Listen Listen
3. Choices For Orchestra And Improviser Listen Listen
4. Morph Listen Listen
5. Trumpet Madness Listen Listen
6. Spirals Listen Listen
7. Voices Like Trumpets Listen Listen

 

PLAYERS
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Mark Harvey (trumpet); Arni Cheatham, Peter Bloom, Mark Messier, Chris Rakowski, Phil Scarff, Will Swwank, Dan Zupan (saxes & woodwinds); Eric Dahlman, K.C. Dunbar, Taylor Ho Bynum, Greg Kelley, Jimmy Leach, Rajesh Mehta, Jeanne Snodgrass (trumpets); Russell Jewell, Jay Keyser, Jeff Marsanskis, Bob Pilkington (trombones); Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba); Dan Shaud (French horn); Richard Nelson (guitar); John Funkhouser, John Voigt, Jesse Williams (string bass); Jerry Edwards (electric bass); Harry Wellott (drums): Craig Ellis, Paul Lovens (percussion)

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Send $15 per CD plus $2 shipping

Make check payable to “Aardvark” and send to:
Trumpet Madness CD
c/o Mark Harvey
PO Box 8721/ JFK Station
Boston, MA 02114-0037 USA

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