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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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An Aardvark Christmas (1997)

This recording contains carols from around the world in a wide variety of styles.Here is a sample of the response to this recording:

"The sound is a modern blend of jazz, classical, and multi- cultural folk music. . . Appalachian and African-American carols, a delightful calypso, and a New Orleans second-line styled version of "Jingle Bells". . . . if you've got big ears, you'll hear a lot of joy in this fine work."
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Tracks 

track#      song name      track time           
1     What Child Is This?     (5:32)           
2     I Wonder as I Wander     (6:13)           
3     Virgin Mary Carol     (4:55)           
4     Go Tell It on the Mountain/Sweet Little Jesus Boy     (4:33)           
5     O Come, O Come, Emmanuel     (7:47)           
6     Gloria in Excelsis Deo     (21:32)           
7     Song of the Birds     (4:07)           
8     Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence     (11:18)           
9     Jingle Bells     (3:31)         

Credits
     Richard Nelson          Guitar
     Big John Patton          French Horn
     Mike Peipman          Trumpet
     Bob Pilkington          Trombone
     Phil Scarff          Saxophone, Woodwind
     Jeanne Snodgrass          Vacuum Cleaner
     Stan Strickland          Woodwind
     Jim Whitney          Double Bass
     Marshall Sealy          French Horn
     Harold Anderson          Double Bass
     David Broderick          Engineer
     Arni Cheatham          Saxophone
     Jerry Edwards          Bass (Electric), Vocals
     Craig Ellis          Percussion
     Donna Hewitt-Didham          Vocals
     Jay Keyser          Trombone
     Harry Wellott          Drums
     Laurie Flannery          Mastering
     Jeff Marsanskis          Tuba, Trombone (Bass)
     Brad Jones          Saxophone, Woodwind
     Greg Kelley          Trumpet
     Kate Matson          Cover Art
     Aardvark Orchestra          Main Performer
     John Funkhouser          Piano (Electric)
     Mark Messier          Saxophone, Woodwind
     Stan Strickland          Saxophone
     Peter H. Bloom          Saxophone, Woodwind
     Ken Filiano          Double Bass
     Mark Harvey          Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
     Bill Lowe          Tuba, Trombone (Bass)
     Tom T. Hall          Saxophone, Woodwind
     Vinny Golia          Saxophone, Woodwind

 

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$15 per CD plus $2 shipping

Make check payable to “Aardvark” and send to:
Bethlehem CD
c/o Mark Harvey
PO Box 8721/ JFK Station
Boston, MA 02114-0037 USA

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