Faces of Souls, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
Label: Leo Records
1. Meltdown 2. Sisyphus 3. Consecreation 4. Greta 5. Of the People 6. Lament for the City 7. Faces of Souls
Faces of Souls takes listeners on a captivating journey through seven of Mark Harvey’s masterful compositions, from elegies that draw on small-ensemble work, to sweeping orchestral masterpieces that weave complex tapestries of harmonies, rhythms, colors and textures. Harvey’s brilliant cast of musicians, many with 30+ years on the Aardvark bandstand, shine equally in consummate section work and inspired solos. The title track takes its inspiration from the Shaw Memorial in Boston, Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ powerful sculpture of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his 54th Massachusetts Regiment, who were among the first African Americans to fight in the Civil War. The other pieces expand on the album’s themes of social justice and democratic values.
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