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's Secret Society most strikingly, self-consciously wrestle with the form's history. Argue describes his group as a "steampunk" big band, making very clear that, for him, anachronism isn't to be avoided, it's the point.
Big band jazz is an out-of-date form, its heyday having come in the boom-and-bust interwar years, and any modern-day revival must grapple with its inherent anachronism. Some current big bands try to ignore their historical awkwardness, employing the form simply as a larger musical canvas. These groups tend to be, at their core, quartets or quintets with reinforcements, post-bop combos with a few added horns. Other big bands, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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