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Infernal Machines / Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Argue,Darcy James
Release Date: 10/27/2009 
Label:  New Amsterdam   Catalog #: 17  
Composer:  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue's 18-piece steampunk bigband Secret Society has been called a "powerful and well-stocked ensemble" (New York Times). He's been designated an official "Jazz Great of Tomorrow" (also by The Times). His music has been dubbed "ambitious, sprawling, mesmerizing" (Montreal Gazette). But most unique of all his accolades has to be Time Out NY/New York Times critic Steve Smith's twittering "OMG!" upon first hearing Infernal Machines, the album seemingly destined to change the face of modern big band music. A startling and mesmerizing blend of jazz, indie/experimental rock, and classical minimalism, the album is the first studio recording by a composer and bandleader who Hank Shteamer of Time Out New York says Read more "draws on the full spectrum of modern rock, jazz and classical music with his band, Secret Society. Yet his complex, emotionally charged pieces handily transcend pastiche...the album ought to not only raise Argue's profile, but also serve as a reminder that big-band jazz needn't be a fossil." This release, which takes its name from a John Philip Sousa quote about the dangers of music technology, features new definitive studio recordings of material Argue and the band have been developing since their first gig in 2005. Argue's Secret Society is well-known for the virtuosity of the individual band members as well as the unique and groundbreaking sound of the compositions and the band as a whole, and Infernal Machines offers solos from his stable of incredibly talented band members, including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonists Mark Small, Erica vonKleist, and New Amsterdam's own Sam Sadigursky, and trombonists James Hirschfeld and Mike Fahie. Beyond the thrilling compositions, stunning performances and incredibly tight ensemble work, what makes Darcy James Argue's Secret Society unique? Journalist James Hale sums it up well: "Where he creates his own space as a big band leader is in his use of elements not often heard in the canon, such as the cajon that chatters throughout 'Phobos,' the electric guitar noise that snakes through 'Redeye,' and the political conceit at the heart of 'Habeas Corpus'...On 'Jacobin Club,' the horns move woozily over Jon Wikan's rattle-trap snare and Mike Holober's spiky keyboard accents, while on 'Obsidian Flow' they shimmer in a chorus of Philip Glass-like repetition. Although Argue frequently creates tension by constraining the 18-piece orchestra somewhat, he knows how to turn them loose to great effect, as he does in the climax of 'Habeas Corpus.'...An exciting stylist with an abundance of ideas, Argue deserves his place alongside Schneider, Hollenbeck and other contemporary big band arrangers who are looking beyond traditional notions of what a large jazz orchestra should, and can, sound like." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Phobos by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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Zeno by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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Transit by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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Redeye by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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Jacobin Club by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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Habeas Corpus (for Maher Arar) by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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Obsidian Flow by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Sound Samples

Phobos
Zeno
Transit
Redeye
Jacobin Club
Habeas Corpus
Obsidian Flow

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