Infernal Machines Is One Of The New York Observer’s 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009

December 23, 2009

Resident jazz critic Devin Leonard includes Darcy James Argue’s Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) on his 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009 list in today’s New York Observer.

“As the name of his nu big band suggests” Leonard writes, “the composer-bandleader-blogger Darcy James Argue sees himself as an artistic insurgent. He is a former student of trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, celebrated for his work as an arranger who broke new ground as an arranger for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra in the sixties and seventies. But Infernal Machines also draws on the minimalism of Steve Reich and the apocalyptic rock and roll of Radiohead. This is also music with a message, a decidedly leftist one. What else would you expect from a Canadian jazz man resettled in Carroll Gardens?”

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Darcy James Argue In Today’s Wall Street Journal

June 3, 2009
Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

In a new article published in today’s Wall Street Journal, Martin Johnson explores the resurgence of innovative big bands in jazz, using ensembles led by Darcy James Argue, David Binney and Chris Jentsch as prime examples.

Argue is quoted extensively in the piece, and Johnson writes that his recently released debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), “features a dazzling sound that echoes the rock group Radiohead, minimalist composer Steve Reich, and a full breadth of the jazz tradition.”