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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Jez Nelson presents a set by New York bandleader-composer Darcy James Argue and his 18-piece big band the Secret Society, recorded at Cafe Oto during the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

Jez Nelson presents a set by one of New York's most exciting young bandleader-composers - Darcy James Argue and his eighteen-piece big band the Secret Society, recorded at Cafe Oto during the 2010 London Jazz Festival. Argue formed the Secret Society in 2005 and has an approach that fuses tradition and innovation. He says his aim is to evoke "an alternate musical history in which the dance orchestras that ruled the Swing Era never went extinct, but remained a popular and vital part of the evolving musical landscape". Argue's 2009 debut album, Infernal Machines, featured on more than seventy "best of the year" lists. This year he and the band topped the Rising Star, Big Band; Rising Star, Arranger and Rising Star, Composer categories in the DownBeat Critics' Poll and won two Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Joby Waldman & Russell Finch.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Mon 13 Dec 2010 23:15

Music Played

  • Vicky Tilson Quartet

    The Crunch

    • BBC Introducing track.
  • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society recorded at Café Oto on 18 November 2010

    • Darcy James Argue

      Phobos

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

    • Darcy James Argue

      Dymaxion

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

    • Darcy James Argue

      Habeas Corpus

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

    • Darcy James Argue

      Obsidian Flow

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

  • Feature on New York painter Jean Michel Basquiat’s influence on composer Lisle Ellis

    • Lisle Ellis

      Incantation and Ascent

      • Sucker Punch Requiem: An Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat.
      • Henceforth Records.
    • Charlie Parker

      Chasin' the Bird

      • Chasin’ the Bird.
      • Synergy Distribution.
    • Lisle Ellis

      Suicide Study

      • Sucker Punch Requiem: An Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat.
      • Henceforth Records.
    • Lisle Ellis

      Perishable Fig

      • Sucker Punch Requiem: An Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat.
      • Henceforth Records.
  • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society recorded at Café Oto on 18 November 2010

    • Darcy James Argue

      Induction Effect

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

    • Darcy James Argue

      Jacobin Club

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

    • Darcy James Argue

      Transit

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

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