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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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BethlehemCOUNTERPOINT (2002)
ImageCD features jazz legend Sheila Jordan whom the Music Hound Jazz Guide called "one of the most daring and distinctive vocalists in jazz" in the world; premier performance of Mark Harvey's Christmas Cantata, (written for and inspired by Kip Tiernan, Boston social activist and founder of Rosie's Place); other offerings include a soulful Gospel/blues rendition of Silent Night, a polyrhythmic Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella; and the Afro-Jazz smoker, Benedictus, from Harvey's jazz mass. Click image at right for a full-size view of CD art.

Review: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/reviews/r0303_040.htm 

Track listing:

  • Bring a Torch
  • Jeanette, Isabella
  • Silent Night
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 
  • We Three Kings
  • Bethlehem Counterpoint
  • Begats
  • Celestial Light
  • Who Is the Prophet
  • The Prophet
  • Struggle & Hope
  • Sweet Child
  • Peace
  • Benedictus

(76:53)

Personnel: Mark Harvey, conductor, music director; Arni Cheatham, Peter Bloom, Phil Scarff, Daniel Ian Smith, Mark Messier, Dan Zupan, Brad Jones, Dan Bosshardt, reeds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass, Taylor Ho Bynum, Greg Kelley, Mike Peipman, trumpet; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser, trombone; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe, trombone, tuba; Richard Nelson, guitar; Jesse Williams, Ken Filiano, Jane Wang, bass; Jerry Edwards, electric bass, vocals; Harry Wellott, drums; Craig Ellis, percussion; Donna Hewitt-Didham (4, 6, 9), vocals; Sheila Jordan (3-6, 9), guest vocalist.
 

 

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$15 per CD plus $2 shipping

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

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