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Trumpet Madness (2005)

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.

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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 

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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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