You’ve read the trend pieces: A handful of ensembles are currently bent on rerouting the orthodox persona of big bands. What this really means is that they italicize individualism, forever a plus on the jazz scene. This program boasts three key outfits. Travis Sullivan’s Björkestra explodes the avant Icelander’s rich and radical melodies. The Industrial Jazz Group injects a mix of Willem Breuker and Raymond Scott into some tricky-ass charts that don’t skimp on the laffs. And Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society distills far-flung influences into an eloquent personal lingo that swings even when it’s working the prog-rock side of the fence.
Mon., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 13, 2009