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Darcy James Argue's orchestral jazz through the prism of Postmodernist practices

Shak Fedor Mikhailovich

PhD in Art History

Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Sound Engineering, Krasnodar State Institute of Culture

350072, Russia, g. Krasnodar, ul. 40-Letiya pobedy, 33

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Polishchuk Aelita Edisonovna

Senior University Teacher, Department of Pop-Jazz Singing, Krasnodar State Institute of Culture

350072, Russia, g. Krasnodar, ul. 40-Letiya pobedy, 33

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The third stream and the progressive jazz have a special place in the modern orchestral jazz. The article considers the album “Real Enemies” by an American musician James Argue. His are in the top of ideas of the contemporary experimental jazz. One of the peculiarities of Argue’s work, which makes it stand out from similar works of the earlier period, is the closeness of this composer’s ideas to Postmodernist practices. The authors consider some Postmodernist aspects typical for the contemporary jazz. Argue himself is considered as a jazz artist inclined to excessive intellectual component, who prioritizes orchestrations, relatively complex by jazz standards, and exquisite work consisting in jazz stylistics rethinking via mixing the instruments of jazz expression with various techniques of academic music of the 20th century. The authors give special attention to a detailed musicological analysis of the key compositions of the Secret Society’s Real Enemies.

Keywords: aleatorics, improvisation, musical postmodernism, orchestral jazz, progressive, the third movement, modern music, jazz, synthesis in music, creativity
This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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