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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Psalms & Elegies (1997)
  This recording includes "Tiananmen Elegy," "Don Cherry's Song of Beauty" and
"Psalms" recorded live at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

Here is a sampling of response to this recording:

"There's an all-pervading honesty to this music, both in its conception and execution. The latter aspect depends on the ensemble's notable precision and the strength of its soloists . . . Harvey's compositions unfold naturally and forcefully . . . the music moves with logic and momentum. Aardvark gives one hope for the future of the large jazz ensemble. This is a very fine band, and a very fine album." Cadence

"A brave and unusual venture" The Wire

"The playing is spectacular, the music is adventurous, interesting and spiritual."
Cathy Austin, KZSU-FM

Review from All Music Guide  

Product Details

Audio CD (June 14, 1997)
Original Release Date: 1997
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Import
Label: Leo
ASIN: B00000I78B

Track Listings

1. Don Cherry's Song of Beauty
2. Other Angels/Other Voices
3. Tiananmen Elegy
4. Psalms


LeoLab_028 (OGG format)
Listen to samples of all tracks at MSN Music


Aardvark Orchestra Main Performer
Arni Cheatham Flute, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Big John Patton French Horn
Bill Lowe Tuba
Bob Pilkington Trombone
Craig Ellis Percussion
Diana Herold Vibe Master
Donna Hewitt-Didham Vocals
Frank London Trumpet
Greg Kelley Trumpet
Harold Anderson Bass
Harry Wellott Drums
Jay Keyser Trombone
Jeanne Snodgrass Trumpet
Jeff Marsanskis Trombone (Bass)
Jerry Edwards Bass (Electric)
Jim O'Dell Tuba
Jim Whitney Bass
Joel Springer Sax (Tenor)
Ken Filiano Bass
Mark Harvey Director
Marshall Sealy French Horn
Mike Peipman Trumpet
Peter H. Bloom Flute, Sax (Alto)
Phil Scarff Clarinet, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Richard Nelson Guitar
Tomas Ulrich Cello
Vinny Golia Clarinet, Sax (Bass), Sax (Soprano)
Walter Thompson Sax (Alto)
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