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Robert Glasper Trio, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear gigs by pianist Robert Glasper with his trio and Darcy James Argue's big band Secret Society from the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

Jez Nelson presents a second chance to hear gigs by pianist Robert Glasper with his trio, and Darcy James Argue's big band Secret Society, recorded at the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

Glasper, described as one of the most promising pianists of his generation, works regularly with hip-hop artists including Mos Def, Bilal and The Roots. His trio, featuring drummer Chris Dave and bassist Alan Hampton, is firmly rooted in the classic jazz piano trio tradition. But Glasper's compositions, and the group's approach to rhythm and group interplay, are influenced by contemporary hip-hop and soul music.

Darcy James Argue formed his 18-piece big band the Secret Society in 2005 and has an approach that fuses tradition and innovation. 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." He and the band topped the Big Band, Arranger and Composer categories in the Rising Star section of the 2010 DownBeat Critics' Poll, the last of which Argue has won again in 2011.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Russell Finch.

2 hours

Last on

Mon 15 Aug 2011 23:00

Music Played

  • Robert Glasper Trio recorded at The Barbican on Sunday 14 November 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Robert Glasper (piano), Derrick Hodge (bass), Mark Colenburg (drums)

    • Robert Glasper

      Rise And Shine

      Composer: Robert Glasper

    • The Robert Glasper Trio

      I Have A Dream

      Composer: Herbie Hancock

    • The Robert Glasper Trio

      Smells Like Teen Spirit

      Composer: Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic

    • Robert Glasper

      Ftb

      Composer: Robert Glasper

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

    • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

      Phobos

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

    • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

      Dymaxion

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

    • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

      Habeas Corpus

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

    • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

      Jacobin Club

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

    • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

      Transit

      Composer: Darcy James Argue

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