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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The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Democratic Vistas?
Ellington Extrapolations & “Social Significance” Works by Mark Harvey
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm 
MIT Kresge Auditorium
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
 
MIT Music and Theater Arts presented Mark Harvey and his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra at Kresge Auditorium, Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. 
 
The concert, called Democratic Vistas?,  celebrated Duke Ellington’s birthday (April 29, 1899) by honoring his tradition of “social significance” compositions.   Works by Harvey in this vein included Boston Boy (for the late Nat Hentoff), the premiere of Main Man for noted impresario Fred Taylor, and first performances of contemporary tone-parallels -- Fake News Blewz, Swamp-a-rama, and Waltz of the Oligarchs.  
 
In addition, the band performed the premiere of Harvey’s piece Studio Four in honor of the late Steve Schwartz, beloved radio host of WGBH Jazz from Studio Four.  Also on the program: a reading from Walt Whitman’s Democratic Vistas, and a performance of Harvey’s No Walls, an anthem of hope and inclusivity. The April 29 event was part of Jazz Boston’s Jazz Week, with this year’s theme of Thank You Fred Taylor.  
 
Event photos courtesy of JazzBoston :
The concert celebrated Duke Elllngton's birthday (April 29, 1899) with four of the Duke's compositions. Longtime Aardvark vocalist Grace Hughes sings the first, "Tell Me It's the Truth."
Hughes delivers an exceptionally beautiful rendition of Ellington's "Come Sunday."
 
Jerry Edwards, whose extraordinary voice range, sense of humor, and scatting genius have made him an Aardvark favorite, sings "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good."
Mark Sumner Harvey receives a lengthy standing ovation and a bouquet.
Two crazy Aardvark fans, Dotty Guild and Connie Bigony, release some pent-up energy.
 
 
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