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New 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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Contents include the powerful Afro-jazz grooves of title track “The Seeker” (written for the Fifteenth Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert), the evocative winds and piano of “Heartsong” (dedicated to Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Burmese democracy activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi) and the multifaceted forty minute opus “Passages/Psalms IV” as given this past April in its premiere performance at MIT.

"This is imaginative, high energy music for the open ear, mind and heart."

All these works were recorded in live performance and feature stellar individual, collective and conductor’s improvisation threaded through complex structures to produce challenging and risk-taking large ensemble music for the new millennium.

Praise from Jazz Improv:
"an unapologetic creative edge"In the winter issue of Jazz Improv, Aardvark's fifth CD, The Seeker, received a glowing review. Jazz journalist Rick Helzer spoke of Aardvark presenting "another vital direction in large ensemble composed and improvised music...with an unapologetic creative edge." Many of the band's stellar soloists were singled out for praise and Helzer noted that each "played with conviction and passion."

Product Details

Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
Original Release Date: November 14, 2000
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Leo Records
ASIN: B0000507FD

Track Listings
1. Seeker 
2. Heartsong 
3. Passages/Psalms IV 
 

Order by Mail

$15 per CD plus $2 shipping

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

 
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