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Seeker

The Seeker

by The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
     
 
The Seeker is the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's third album and was recorded live on two separate occasions at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA, on April 25, 1998, and April 16, 2000. The album is comprised of three pieces composed by the orchestra's leader Mark Harvey. The 18-minute

Overview

The Seeker is the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's third album and was recorded live on two separate occasions at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA, on April 25, 1998, and April 16, 2000. The album is comprised of three pieces composed by the orchestra's leader Mark Harvey. The 18-minute "The Seeker" is presented as a tribute to John Coltrane. A hearty piece of work, it shifts from conducted improvisations to Mancini-like riffs with a fiery tenor solo by Arni Cheatham. A meditative state is brought to climactic ramblings and then put to sleep, after which the orchestra comes back for a jubilant closing section. "Heartsong," dedicated to Myanmar activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is a lot more delicate and closer to contemporary classical (think Edgar Varèse) than anything jazz. A little disconcerting at first, it makes a nice break between the two main pieces of the program. "Passages/Psalms IV" is a 40-minute suite reflecting life passages backed by texts taken from Psalms (previous pieces in this series were documented on the orchestra's second CD Psalms and Elegies). Beginning softly and as if picking up where "Heartsong" left, the piece eventually turns into a swing number before breaking down and coming to an almost full stop, a structure that will be repeated a few times. Once again, the musicians alternate from thoroughly written lines to conducted improvisation. This piece bears a few overlong passages and doesn't have the engaging feeling of "The Seeker" (some would say it's too cerebral). Overall, this CD makes an enjoyable listen, but it doesn't break any new ground into avant-garde orchestral jazz or experimental big-band territories. The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has recorded better material.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Leo Records Uk
UPC:
5024792006823
catalogNumber:
68

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Performance Credits

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Peter H. Bloom   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Mark Harvey   Piano,String Bass
Russell Jewell   Trombone
Brad Jones   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bill Lowe   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Richard Nelson   Guitar
Bob Pilkington   Trombone
Phil Scarff   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeanne Snodgrass   Trumpet
Arni Cheatham   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Edwards   Electric Bass
Craig Ellis   Percussion
Jay Keyser   Trombone
Harry Wellott   Drums
Jeff Marsanskis   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Dan Bosshardt   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Kelley   Trumpet
Taylor Ho Bynum   Trumpet,Slide Trumpet
John Funkhouser   Piano,String Bass
Jesse Williams   String Bass

Technical Credits

David Broderick   Engineer
Kate Matson   Cover Art
Leo Feigin   Producer

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