CD Spotlight

Aardvark Steps Out (1993)

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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Recent: 11/06:Jazz Revival in the West End: '70-75
The Old West Church, Debbie's, and New Directions for Boston Jazz
A talk by Mark Harvey with archival sound clips, images, and live music!
The West End Museum,150 Staniford Street, Boston    
Thursday,November 6, 7 PM  
$10/Museum Members $5
Forty years ago, there was a wave of new jazz activity on the edges of Boston's old West End neighborhood, at the Old West Church and Debbie's Jazz Club. Hundreds of Boston musicians along with luminaries Jaki Byard, Donald Byrd,and Sam Rivers were featured. Bebop legend Kenny Dorham performed his last concert at Old West Ctmrch and young players such as Pat Metheny, Dave Samuels, and John Scofield appeared at Debbie's. 
Mark Harvey served as a catalyst for much of this activity, including the Jazz Celebrations series, the Jazz All Nite Concerts, Boston Jazz Week, and the Jazz Coalition, a non-profit advocacy and support organization. At this presentation, Harvey shared his recollections of this significant moment in Boston jazz history. Rounding out the evening, there was music from Mark and other long-time Boston musicians, Arni Cheatham, Peter Bloom, and, Tim Ray. 
Event Recap


The Jazz Revival in the West End 1970-75 talk presented by Mark Harvey at the West End Museum last evening was a stimulating and uplifting event! Attendees included Richard Vacca whose book the Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places, and Nightlife 1937-1962 illuminates another era of the Boston jazz scene, Janet Stewart, UMass librarian participating in the Mass Memories Road Show project with their own event Nov. 15 at the West End Museum, Arni Cheatham, saxophonist, involved in Jazz education projects from the ‘70s to the present, and Peter Bloom, woodwind player extraordinaire, part of the Boston jazz and classical scenes from the ‘70s on.
The talk included images and archival sound clips, and concluded with a live selection from Mark’s West End Suite (available on the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra’s Impressions CD) played by Mark on trumpet, Peter on flute/sax, Arni on sax, and youngster (didn’t get to Boston til the 80s!) Tim Ray on keyboard, followed by a most beautiful rendition of Skylark by the trio of Peter, Arni, and Tim. The grand finale was a funky tune to salute the ‘70s in the jazz revival of the West End!
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