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 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.”
August 5, 2009
Despite the fact that we’re already in the first week of August (the eighth month on the calendar for those of you scoring at home), the best-of lists for the first half of the year continue to trickle in.
This has been a pretty popular new trend this year, especially with bloggers, and late or no we’re not complaining, especially when our clients are still appearing on them.
And none of our clients has been found quite so list-worthy as Darcy James Argue, whose May debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam), continues to capture the hearts and minds of critics everywhere.
That includes both the Ottawa Citizen‘s Peter Hum and Village Voice and DownBeat contributor Jim Macnie, who also chose John Hébert’s Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12), the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet’s Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths (hatOLOGY) and the Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet’s Ancestors (Playscape Recordings) among his favorites, though technically the last two actually came out in 2008.
As always, we thank all our media contacts for their ongoing support of independent creative improvised music.