New Darcy James Argue Downloads

May 21, 2009
Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

Wish you could have been at the May 8th CD release party for Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), the debut studio recording from Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society?

Now you can download the entire performance from Argue’s widely read blog for free, though donations are encouraged.

This continues the band’s longstanding policy of making its live performances available for download.

Darcy James Argue Fever. Catch it.

May 8, 2009
Photo by Ben Anaman

Photo by Ben Anaman

I’m not a doctor, and I don’t like to throw around words like pandemic, but Darcy James Argue fever is more virulent and contagious than Swine Flu H1N1.  

Common symptoms to watch for include listening to newfangled big band music and aimlessly wandering the streets in an anachronistic-looking tuxedo (with scarf).  

I’m pleased to report, though, that no deaths have been linked to the condition thus far—just a little soreness in my blogging fingers.

If, somehow, you’ve avoided infection by sealing yourself inside your home with duct tape and plastic or a prescription for more cowbell, perhaps we can still coax you out to tonight’s highly anticipated CD release party for Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records) at Galapagos with yet another blast of motivational press coverage.

Today’s batch includes a CD Pick of the Week from WNYC’s Soundcheck, Trevor Hunter’s review at New Music Box and Eric Benson’s feature at

If your hermetically sealed bubble does not allow for quick egress, or you simply can’t get to New York by tonight, the group will also be performing at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam (May 28th), Domicil in Dortmund, Germany (May 29th), the Moers Festival in Moers, Germany (May 31st), and the International House in Philadelphia, PA (June 5th) as part of the Ars Nova Workshop series.

Argue, a Vancouver native, will also premiere a new, specially commissioned work at Canada’s National Jazz Awards on May 14th to be performed by the all-star Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra.  

Given the country’s free health care system, I say this last one is the safe bet.


Darcy James Argue Media Bonanza

May 6, 2009
Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

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 You can also listen to Jackson’s interview with Darcy, as heard on last night’s episode of The Checkout on WBGO.

Argue’s Secret Is Out

May 1, 2009

The media build-up toward the May 12th release of Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), composer Darcy James Argue‘s debut studio recording, and the official CD release concert on May 8th at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, continued this week (see this earlier post about the feature in the current issue of Newsweek).

Hartford Courant blogger Richard Kamins writes, “Funded in part by donations from family, friends and fans, the recording is a wonderful combination of sounds, styles, moods and messages.”  

“Darcy James Argue has fashioned a recording that fulfills the promise heard in the many live sessions on his website.  Treat the CD like a favorite book or movie, one that you return to time and again, containing music that with each listening, something new stands out even as you are comforted by sounds you recall.”

Darcy James Argue Breaks Out Says Hale

April 21, 2009

Canadian jazz writer James Hale weighs in on Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), the highly anticipated debut studio recording from Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, in a recent entry on his blog, Jazz Chronicles.

The disc comes out May 12th following a CD release concert on May 8th at Galapagos in Brooklyn as part of the label’s Undiscovered Islands series.

Hale’s review concludes, “An exciting stylist with an abundance of ideas, Argue deserves his place alongside [Maria] Schneider, [John] Hollenbeck and other contemporary big band arrangers who are looking beyond traditional notions of what a large jazz orchestra should, and can, sound like.”