CD release: A Rite for All Souls, long-lost recording by trail-blazing Mark Harvey Group
The Mark Harvey Group's CD, A Rite for All Souls is a newly discovered recording of a 1971 concert by the groundbreaking ensemble. Two-CD set, audiophile quality (monaural), with essays and images. "Extraordinary" (New York City Jazz Record).
Vittorio (MusicZoom, Italy) called the disc "a beautiful musical and historical document," while Donald Elfman at New York City Jazz Record praised the recording as "extraordinary...strange and wonderful…cosmically unusual…a deeply engaging series of improvisations, sound worlds and rich musical expression."
Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Mark Harvey has performed at the Knitting Factory, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Baja State Theater (Mexico), other venues; he shared the stage with Jaki Byard, Geri Allen, Ricky Ford, other luminaries. Among Harvey's 200 works are pieces for jazz legends Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Giuffre, and Ran Blake. Harvey is founder/music director of the acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (48th season).
His early quartet, The Mark Harvey Group, featuring woodwind player Peter H. Bloom and percussionists Craig Ellis and Michael Standish, takes listeners on an epic journey of discovery in A Rite for All Souls. The fully improvised 90-minute concert encompasses serenity and turmoil, ravishing sounds and silence, poetry and melody. The exquisite monaural recording has been digitally remastered for release in a 2-CD set, available from Americas Musicworks. http://www.americasmusicworks.com/
Preview the CD here: https://youtu.be/
Peter H. Bloom's playing on A Rite for All Souls has been called "full-throated and enfolding" (New York City Jazz Record). "His expansive creativity on a range of saxophones is one of the delights of this recording" (AllAboutJazz.com)
Rebecca DeLamotte, Americas Musicworks