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 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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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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