There’s nothing conventional about Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society — from the leader’s name, to the name of the band, to the music they play. It is, ostensibly, a jazz orchestra, but at the Regattabar Friday night they offered barely a hint of jazz swing. There aren’t a lot of points of comparison. This isn’t the post-Basie swing of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, the clamoring avant-garde of the Sun Ra Arkestra, or the shimmering Brazilian updrafts of Maria Schneider. Argue likes to assemble the traditional jazz big-band colors of brass and woodwinds, but he engages them with layers of cyclical rhythms, like the “process” minimalism of early Philip Glass and Steve Reich — although one audience member name-checked John Adams. He wasn’t wrong. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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