December 21, 2009
Time Out New York‘s Music Editor Steve Smith chose Darcy James Argue’s Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) as the only jazz record on his 10 best albums of 2009 list, published in the latest issue.
“Composer and bandleader Argue’s highly anticipated debut offered an expansive, inclusive new jazz that’s open to all,” Smith wrote.
The magazine’s five-star review of Infernal Machines, written by David R. Adler for the May 7th issue, can be found here.
November 2, 2009
Tonight at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, the recently formed Taylor Ho Bynum-John Hébert-Gerald Cleaver Trio will finish its three-city tour before heading into the studio tomorrow to record its debut for the RogueArt label.
“These three are pacesetters in modern improvisation, so the very idea of their convergence as a trio is rich with promise,” writes Philadelphia Weekly‘s David R. Adler. “Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum has worked alongside Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton and other giants; his own bands include SpiderMonkey Strings and Positive Catastrophe. Bassist John Hébert played with the great Andrew Hill until the pianist’s death in 2007; he’s currently with Fred Hersch and leading his own Byzantine Monkey. Drummer Gerald Cleaver can wail with free-jazz icons like Roscoe Mitchell and Matthew Shipp, then turn around and offer swinging, melodic treasures with his own group Violet Hour. Together, they’ve got six wide-open ears and infinite musical options.”
June 25, 2009
Photo by Ben Anaman
Improvised Communications is pleased to announce it has been retained as the exclusive media contact for New York-based composer/bandleader Darcy James Argue. This new partnership, which builds on a relationship that began with the promotion of Argue’s acclaimed 2009 debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), will officially begin July 1st. Argue’s 18-piece steampunk big band, Secret Society, will next perform in New York on July 15th at Le Poisson Rouge and September 18th at Jazz Gallery. The band will also take part in a four-ensemble big band festival, curated by Argue, on October 19th at Brooklyn’s The Bell House.
Infernal Machines has been called “a potent debut” (Nate Chinen, New York Times), “a wholly original take on big band’s past, present and future” (Seth Colter Walls, Newsweek), “a seven-track marvel of imagination” (David R. Adler, Time Out New York) and “a fully integrated sound world as current as it is timeless” (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com). “Infernal Machines ably demonstrates what all the fuss has been about,” adds BBC.com reviewer John Eyles. “Darcy James Argue has created a big band for the twenty-first century that builds on the strengths of the past while using the genre to produce dynamic contemporary music.”
Argue is one of the most visible and respected musicians in New York, as well as one of the jazz world’s most prolific and influential bloggers. In addition to the critical success of Infernal Machines, recent career highlights include three nominations in this year’s Jazz Journalists Association Awards and performances at such notable European venues as the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and the legendary Moers Festival in Germany. The recipient of a variety of commissions and composition awards, Argue accepted his latest, the SOCAN/CAJE Phil Nimmons Emerging Composer Award, in May at Canada’s National Jazz Awards in Toronto. Learn more at http://secretsociety.typepad.com
May 6, 2009
Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein
Just in case you weren’t already anticipating Friday night’s CD release concert by Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at Galapagos Art Space, and the release of his debut studio recording, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), the following Tuesday, there’s plenty of press happening around New York this week to get you in the mood.
For example, there’s David R. Adler’s CD review in Time Out New York, Richard Gehr’s feature in the Village Voice and Josh Jackson’s story on NPRMusic.com. You can also listen to Jackson’s interview with Darcy, as heard on last night’s episode of The Checkout on WBGO.
January 2, 2009
Bassist/composer Mario Pavone will play two New York gigs in a week’s time, starting tonight at Cornelia Street Cafe with his Deez To Blues Sextet.
Wednesday night at Iridium, he will celebrate the release of his latest release, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings), with his Double Tenor Quintet featuring Jimmy Greene and Tony Malaby.
Learn more in these listings by Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen (New York Times), David R. Adler (Time Out New York) and Jim Macnie (Village Voice).