As jazz enthusiasts, we often look to revamp our music collection but we’re also hesitant to financially make the sacrifice. With that said, this depiction of “Modern Big Band (Ensemble)” by Darcy James Argue should indeed satisfy your curiosity. Argue ingeniously explores this landscape with his inventive voice to shape a hybrid blend of jazz sprayed with shades of progressive rock poured onto the canvas of creative arrangements and intriguing sound effects keeps the music interesting. Although artistically challenging, “Infernal Machines” dances mysteriously through various stages as the songs burst feverishly around the outer-edge to awaken the itching ears of even the most discriminating music aficionado. —Rob Young | The Urban Flux
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society -][- Infernal Machines – [New Amsterdam, 2009]
I’d give this 10 stars if I could. Secret Society is the big band of Gil Evans’ dreams. The orchestration is creative and organic. The soloists emerge from the harmonic density as if crossing dimensions. The pulse is scrupulously maintained and emanates from deep within the ensemble. This is big band music that is symphonic in reach while firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. It is challenging to the ears but always accessible to those who listen. And listening closely delivers sonic rewards in quantity. Every selection is a finely polished gem. I give credit to Argue for including some of the best female musicians around. Ingrid Jensen on trumpet is impressive and Erica vonKleist performs one of the finest, most intuitive solos I’ve heard in years on Obsidian Flow, a fluttering, sensuous dance above a churning ensemble rich in color and energy. In short, Infernal Machines establishes a new standard for large jazz ensembles. Get this disc and listen to it with the best headphones you can find! —Richard Chapel | Amazon.com Review
Original Release Date: October 27, 2009
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