More Year-End Lists: Darcy James Argue

December 28, 2009

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

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

“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

“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.”

Firehouse 12 To Present The Matt Wilson Quartet September 25th

August 26, 2009

Matt Wilson Quartet

On Friday, September 25th, Firehouse 12 will present New York-based drummer/composer Matt Wilson and his longstanding quartet as part of the venue’s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series. Wilson’s band has played at prominent venues and jazz festivals all over the world and currently features Andrew D’Angelo (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), Jeff Lederer (clarinets and saxophones) and Chris Lightcap (acoustic and electric bass). This performance is part of the group’s September tour in support of its latest release, That’s Gonna Leave A Mark (Palmetto).

“There’s a deep sense of play in Matt Wilson’s quartet,” writes the New York Times‘ Ben Ratliff. “It’s full of feints, slang, sentimentality and a peaceful lack of inhibition; its loose ensemble feeling has a grace born of practice…there’s a specific kind of gentle humor in this band, as there has been since its beginning, 13 years ago. The performance spills over with personality.”’s Jacob Teichroew adds, “For fans of avant-garde jazz, That’s Gonna Leave A Mark is a must-own. But the album’s appeal isn’t limited to those with experience with the genre. One of Matt Wilson’s strengths is making easily relatable music that doesn’t sacrifice its integrity.”

In a career that spans two decades and over 100 releases, Wilson has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and prolific drummers in jazz today. He has performed and recorded with such notable figures as Paul Bley, Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Cecil McBee, Mario Pavone and Dewey Redman among many others, as well as long list of his contemporaries. His current projects include collaborations with Ray Anderson, Dena DeRose, Mark Dresser, Frank Kimbrough and Myra Melford. Wilson has toured and recorded as a leader since 1996, primarily with the Matt Wilson Quartet and Arts & Crafts. That’s Gonna Leave A Mark is his eighth recording for the Palmetto Records label. Learn more at

2009 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: Darius Jones Trio
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio

Tickets and more information available at: