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2009’s Infernal Machines is the debut of Darcy James Argue's excellent group, Secret Society, an outfit that the leader calls a “steampunk big band.” Looking both forward and backward, steampunk novels blend the appealingly musty with sci-fi elements, and on Infernal Machines Argue does a great job of transforming an ensemble associated with the ‘30s into a 21st- century force. (Interestingly, Argue is from Vancouver, the adopted city of science fiction author William Gibson, who co-wrote The Difference Machine, a key work in steampunk literature.) The album abounds with lush, Evans-like orchestrations for the 18-piece group, and Argue incorporates rock elements as well. Big band composers have been bringing rock into the mix for decades but the results are often ungainly or forced; it’s obvious here that for Argue the fusion comes naturally. Striking percussion marks the album, as well: check out the use of the Peruvian percussion instrument known as the cajon on “Phobos,” and the drumming on “Jacobin Club.”

Customer Reviews


Incredible compositions, really really incredible. Top notch musicianship, hard grooving, complex, a "re connection" with popular culture, or atleast its trying to. I would love to see this project really take off. Thankyou Darcy James Argue for doing what you do.

Best Jazz album of the year!

I never write reviews, but this album from the first track to the last will excite your ears and keep you moving. The rhythms, the textured sounds, the use of a big band for a modern sound is amazing. This is a fun and interesting collection.

Refreshingly Complex

Modern Jazz Masterpiece. A big band approach to the fusion movement of Miles Davis. Kudos to Darcy James Argue and his collaborators. Can not get enough of it! If you like this you will enjoy BCJO just as much

Infernal Machines, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 27, 2009

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