CD Spotlight

Aardvark Steps Out (1993)

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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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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