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Newest CD: Passages
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD, Passages (2016) Leo Records

Released April 2016

Passages (Leo Records) 

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continued its 43rd season on MIT’s mainstage, Kresge Auditorium, with a concert showcasing the North American release of the band’s 14th CD, Passages (Leo Records), featuring compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey.  The CD has already garnered rave reviews in Europe:

Fresh….unconventional….Aardvark Jazz Orchestra proves once more its reputation as one of the best jazz ensembles in the world.  - Jazz Podium, Germany

Highly imaginative and varied music which is marvelously suggestive of its themes….The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra play beautifully all the way through the album.  It speaks an extraordinary dialectic, harmonious though bizarrely ruminating.  Exceptional music indeed.  - Jazz Views (UK)

In the April 2016 show, Aardvark performed the centerpiece of the new CD, Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy.  In addition, Harvey presented Dreaming (2014) and No Walls (2004), and premieres of his latest works Fluctuations and By the Way.

Order your CD today: Send a check for $15, (s & h  included), made payable to Aardvark, c/o Mark Harvey, PO  Box 8721, JFK Station, Boston, MA 02114 

 
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Paintings for Jazz Orchestra (1995)

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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