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New Secret Society!


Not until April 30th, alas, but there’s a streaming track to tide you over:

If you have unwisely not yet purchased Infernal Machines, it’s still available.

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  • Ha. I totally went to school with that guy.

    Life is hilarious.

  • rea

    Not to be confused with Brian D’arcy James . . .

  • dporpentine

    Ugh. What boring music–Schroeder trying to sound like Mingus. I’ll never understand what appeals to people about watered down versions of better music.

  • Dave C.

    Mingus is my god, and yet I’m a big fan of Secret Society, and helped finance the recording.

    • Scott Lemieux


  • howard

    i’m sitting in my office on a conference call, so i can’t sample this yet, but “infernal machines” is certainly an excellent recording, and argue certainly belongs – along with maria schneider, john hollenbeck, and sam rivers – in any discussion of people doing innovative work in the big-band form in recent years.

    • Scott Lemieux

      Speaking of Schneider, Howard, did you send me Evanescence? (When gifts arrive without a note around XMas time I never know who to thank!) Sky Blue is one of my very favorite records of the last decadeish…

      • howard

        some other faithful reader gets the credit for that one, scott (and sky blue is also on what i recently referenced as my evolving top 10 of 21st century jazz albums list); my last, in salute to the end of baseball season, was konitz et al at birdland and baby face willette….

        • Scott Lemieux

          Both of those were just amazing, so thanks again!

  • Dave C.

    I was never much of a “big band” person until recently. “Infernal Machines” and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble albums were getting so much praise that I bought them, and was hooked. But much as I love Secret Society, there’s something about JHLE that really gets me. Theo Bleckmann adds so much humanity to the sound…

    • howard

      dave c, be sure to check out the already mentioned maria schnedier “blue sky” and then, for something completely different, this fantastic compilation of the work sam rivers was doing in orlando with theme park musicians in search of a challenge.

      and if you’re a mingus fan interested in big bands, you should be sure to check out gunther schuller’s reconstruction of mingus’ sprawling work for big band, “epitaph.” it’s not totally successful but it’s well worth hearing.

  • Pestilence

    Scott, thank you – I’d never heard of this but just the samples on Amazon are enough to persuade me to buy it.

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