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Aardvark Audio: Listen to MP3s

 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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 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.  


To order the jazz composer, please visit www.grahamcolliermusic.com.


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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