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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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 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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