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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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 Aardvark has received a highly complimentary mention in a brand-new book by composer/educator Graham Collier entitled the jazz composer: moving music off the paper (London: Northway Publications, 2009), p. 124.

Discussing a quartet of international ensembles, including Aardvark, and comparing these with some of the recognized names in today's big band music, Collier writes...

Their [Aardvark, et al.]  music demonstrates a different language, a much more contemporary language, a much more individual language….they also recognize that something very important happened fifty or so years ago, and in their music one hears new ideas and sounds, and a recognition that the avant-garde exists.   All facets that serve to make their compositions fresh and exciting.  In a word --interesting.  Like Duke.  


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And a second mention is made in the new edition of the highly regarded European publication by Joachim-Ernst Berendt and Gunther Huesmann, The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to the 21st Century, trans. H. and B. Bredigkeit, Dan Morgenstern, Tim Nevill, and Jeb Bishop, 7th ed. (Chicago: Lawrence Hill books, 2009), 607.  Used with permission of Lawrence Hill Books.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (led by American trumpeter Mark Harvey) has brought the "crazy" stylistic attacks of postmodern jazz into free improvised music in intelligent encounters with, among others, Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, and Jimmy Giuffre.


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