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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Founded in 1973, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has been a force in the international jazz scene for more than 40 years. Aardvark is one of the longest-running large jazz ensembles in the world. The band is well known for its wide-ranging shows, from new music by founder/director Mark Harvey to classics and rarities by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and other jazz legends. Aardvark has given premieres of more than 175 works for jazz orchestra, performs widely, and appears on 14 CDs, including 8 discs from Leo Records, one of the world’s leading adventuresome music labels. Guest artists who have appeared with Aardvark include jazz luminaries Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Raj Mehta, Dominique Eade, Lewis Porter, and Matt Savage, to name a few.


Democratic Vistas

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Franklin’s Wager; Dreaming; Samba 313; De-Evolution Blues: The Swamp-a-Rama Suite (5-14): March of the Delusional, Dysfunctionl Demagogues; Waltz of the Oligarchs; Twit Storm Two-Step; Mar-a-Lago Tee Dance; Trumputin Tango; Fake News Blewz; Perseverance Polka; Peristence Pavanne; Disintegration Death Dance; Democracy Street Dance; No Walls (Prelude); No Walls (Anthem); Elegy.

Article: Album Review

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Democratic Vistas

Read "Democratic Vistas" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il titolo della nona incisione dell' Aardvark Jazz Orchestra per la Leo (il 15mo disco in 46 anni di attività!) riprende quello di un saggio di Walt Whitman del 1871 che denunciava la corruzione politica e la decadenza morale dell'epoca tardo vittoriana. È l'annuncio di un disco “politico," che il leader della formazione ...


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