Episode #2952

Big Bands

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Friday, September 17, 2010

For this New Sounds, hear new music for large ensembles, sometimes with lots of brass, sometimes with an electric guitar.  We'll dig into the record "Infernal Machines" by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, which brings together the best of mid-century big bands and the minimalism of Steve Reich.  There's also music by John Hollenbeck & the Jazz Big Band Graz from Austria along with music by New Yorker Roy Nathanson and the Jazz Passengers.  Plus, music that looks to Ethiopia from the Either Orchestra, and more.

2952, Big Band Music (First aired on Tues. 6/23/09)





Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Infernal Machines

Habeas Corpus for Maher Arar [10:58]

New Amsterdam NWAM017

John Hollenbeck & Jazz Big Band Graz

Joys & Desires

Maxfield [9:36]

Intuition #3862 ***

Either Orchestra

More Beautiful Than Death

Amlak Abet Abet [9:37]

Accurate #3282 ***

Roy Nathanson & Jazz Passengers, Elvis Costello

Fire at Keaton’s Bar & Grill, live at St. Ann’s, May 5, 2000.

Fire Suite, #3 [3:36]

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Roy Nathanson & Jazz Passengers

In Love

Swim to Me [3:20]

High Street Records 72902 10328

John Hollenbeck & Jazz Big Band Graz

Joys & Desires

The Bird With the Coppery Keen Claws, excerpt [1:30]

See above.

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Infernal Machines

Redeye [10:12]

See above.

Phillip Schroeder

Small Ensembles (Special Podcast)

For this New Sounds, listen to some works for small ensembles, played by both "real" and "virtual" small ensembles.  We’ll hear music from the Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince from the album “In White,” along with ambient chamber music by Phillip Schroeder .


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