The Seeker

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All Music Guide - François Couture
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2000
  • Label: Leo Records Uk
  • EAN: 5024792006823
  • Catalog Number: 68
  • Sales rank: 250,187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Seeker (18:11)
  2. 2 Heartsong (9:29)
  3. 3 Passages/Psalms IV (39:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Peter H. Bloom Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Mark Harvey Piano, String Bass, Indexed Contributor
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
Laurie Flannery Mastering
Kate Matson Cover Art
Leo Feigin Producer
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