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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society Perform Duke Ellington-Inspired 'Tensile Curves' at Newport Jazz Festival 2014

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Aug 07, 2014 03:17 PM EDT

It was in 1956, at Newport Jazz Fest nonetheless, that Duke Ellington's Orchestra gave a most landmark performance. Per NPR, historians mark this as the pivotal moment in the Duke's 50-year career.

The centerpiece, of course, being "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue"--accompanied by saxophonist Paul Gonsalves.

Brooklyn's Darcy James Argue is considered something of a Duke scholar, himself, and his big band, too, is a veteran of Newport. Thus, he decided to present his 35-minute piece inspired by "Diminuendo" on August 5 (as well as some other previously unrecorded works that Secret Society presented at the main stage on August 1).

The set list includes:

"Ferromagnetic"

"All In (For Laurie Frink)"

"Codebreaker (For Alan Turing)"

"Tensile Curves"

"Last Waltz For Levon"

You can listen to a live recording of the event over here.

And if you aren't familiar with Argue's Secret Society (shame on you), then brush up below.

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