You can now listen to the Darcy James Argue concert at this year’s recent London Jazz Festival. Back on November 18th, Darcy James Argue‘s Secret Society made its UK debut at Cafe Oto as part of the London Jazz Festival.
Highlights of that concert are now available for download directly from the band’s web site. The entire performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz on 3. Host Jez Nelson described it as one of the jazz world’s most talked about new big bands recorded at what is right now surely one of the world’s finest jazz clubs.
In his Guardian review John L. Walters wrote the London debut of Secret Society, led by composer Darcy James Argue, was a contender for gig of the year. The wonder of Argue’s exhilarating pieces, some of which are available on Secret Society’s debut album Infernal Machines, is that they are scored for a conventional 18-piece line-up. He extends the timbral achievements of Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs and Maria Schneider while reinventing the jazz big band for the 21st century.
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