- Nov. 2, 2020
-- The legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
recently released its 16th
CD, Faces of Souls
. The album's themes of social justice and democratic values are perhaps more relevant today than ever. The CD features seven compositions by Mark Harvey, Aardvark's renowned founder and bandleader, and showcases the band's masterful musicians. 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. A companion piece, Consecration
, also evokes the Shaw Memorial. The other five pieces expand on the album's themes of social justice and democratic values: Of the People
, an allusion to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Sisyphus
for the perennial struggle toward progress, Meltdown
(conveying the turmoil and exhaustion of our current zeitgeist), Greta
for the young climate activist, and Lament for the City
, for the late Kip Tiernan, a tireless advocate for the dispossessed in Boston.
Eminent jazz writer and historian Bob Blumenthal will interview Mark Harvey and play excerpts from Faces of Souls
during a livestream CD celebration on November 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public; information about reservations is available on the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra website at http://www.aardvarkjazz.com/
Founded in 1973, Aardvark is one of the longest-running large jazz ensembles in the world, and has been praised as "Stunningly beautiful and adventurous"
(New York City Jazz Record)
with "Lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Ellington's finest reed sections" (JazzTimes).
Noteworthy Sheet Music is delighted to offer the Faces of Souls
CD for sale on behalf of Mark Harvey; click the link below for more information about the CD and the upcoming interview with Mark Harvey, as well as for CD reviews and accolades. https://noteworthysheetmusic.com/cds/804-cd-faces-of-souls-aardvark-jazz-orchestra
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