We were away much of last week dreaming of dancing sugar plums and rockin’ around the Christmas tree, but the year-end lists featuring Darcy James Argue’s Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) continued to flow as freely as egg nog in our rare but enjoyable absence.
Here’s a quick summary to get you caught up:
1. The AMN Top 5 of 2009 at AvantMusicNews.com
2. Michael J. West’s Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2009 in the Washington City Paper
3. Jacob Teichroew’s Best Jazz Albums of 2009 at jazz.about.com
“Argue’s pieces are haunting and eruptive, and his dextrous band is capable of thrilling maneuvers.”
4. Peter Hum’s 10 Best Jazz CDs of the 2000’s at Jazzblog.ca
“Years in the making, this disc by the Vancouver-raised, New York-based composer and bandleader points the way ahead for big bands. Argue’s music is fresh and intoxicating, unfurling dramatic surprises and conventional beauties while tapping indie rock and ambient music for references.”