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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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Paintings for Jazz Orchestra (1995)This recording was inspired by six paintings by Stuart Davis. Here is a sampling of the response to this recording:

"Paintings is quite a success. . . genuinely contemporary big band jazz, likely to appeal to [those] who share an interest in Charles Ives and Duke Ellington."
Jazz Journal International

"Les soloistes et l'ecriture traduit parfaitment cette abstraction."
Jazz Magazine

 "With influences swinging from Charles Ives to Duke Ellington to John Cage to Cecil Taylor. . . a suite of sorts balancing classical composition with jazz improvisation. . . George Russell and Charles Mingus are also present in spirit . . . . The feel occasionally leans heavily toward Stockhausen and Penderecki, and sometimes toward Gil Evans. . . . Not much is available in adventurous music for large ensembles, due to a lack of innovators like Harvey. Somebody needs to keep bankrolling this guy's projects; the rest of us should give his ground-breaking music a listen. Roll over Glenn Miller, tell Mantovani the news."
Jazz Now

Review: All Music Guide  

Product Details

Audio CD (October 26, 2004)
Original Release Date: April 3, 1993
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Live
Label: Leo
ASIN: B0000281WH

Track Listings
1. Swing Landscape 
2. Blips and Ifs 
3. Reprt from Rockport 
4. Mellow Pad 
5. Rapt at Rappaport's 
6. Hot Still-Scape for Six Colors-Seventh Avenue Style 
7. Convergences 

Listen:

Credits
Peter H. Bloom (Saxophone), Peter H. Bloom (Woodwind), Ken Filiano (Bass), Mark Harvey (Piano), Mark Harvey (Trumpet), Mark Harvey (Conductor), Mark Harvey (Liner Notes), Richard Nelson (Guitar), Big John Patton (French Horn), Bob Pilkington (Trombone), Jeanne Snodgrass (Trumpet), Joel Springer (Saxophone), Joel Springer (Woodwind), Marshall Sealy (French Horn), Arni Cheatham (Saxophone), Arni Cheatham (Woodwind), Jerry Edwards (Bass (Electric)), Craig Ellis (Percussion), Donna Hewitt-Didham (Vocals), Jay Keyser (Trombone), Harry Wellott (Drums), Eric Hipp (Saxophone), Eric Hipp (Woodwind), Aardvark Orchestra (Group), Aardvark Orchestra (Main Performer) 

 
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