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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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The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Evocations

Read "Evocations" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


La Aardvark Jazz Orchestra festeggia i suoi 40 anni di attività con un album che racchiude sette brani di lunghezza variabile (si va dai tre minuti del secondo brano agli oltre ventuno minuti del brano finale) registrati in varie occasioni fra il 2004 e il 2011. L'approccio di Mark S. Harvey, leader di questa orchestra, assomiglia ...

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The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Evocations

Read "Evocations" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, led by pianist, trumpeter, composer and music director Mark Harvey, celebrates its sixth album for Leo Records. Recorded at various venues in the Boston, MA, area, the orchestra's empirical gait surges forward, as no two compositions are distinctly alike. Variety is always an underlying factor within the band's manifesto; from military orchestral ...

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The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Trumpet Madness

Read "Trumpet Madness" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Having listened as closely as possible to the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's Trumpet Madness and tried my best to understand what is going on, I must confess that I am thoroughly perplexed. Either this is exceptional music that is clearly beyond my grasp, or chaotic nonsense that does nothing but reinforce the group's turgid self-image. I must ...

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The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Bethlehem Counterpoint

Read "Bethlehem Counterpoint" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Christmas concerts have been an Aardvark Jazz Orchestra tradition for thirty years, and Bethlehem Counterpoint is the second album of music gleaned from those performances. AJO’s hallmark is the unexpected, and the ensemble frames uncommon settings of every song and carol from “Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella” to music director Steve Harvey’s closing “Benedictus.”

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The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: The Seeker

Read "The Seeker" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Pianist/trumpeter/educator Mark Harvey also serves as the music director, conductor and composer for “The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra”. A live recording, The Seeker is dedicated to the memory of John Coltrane and features the thunderous and somewhat brawny sounds of the large orchestra along with sequences comprising a handful of soloists performing introspective themes amid fluttering horns, ...


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