NPR Music: Take Five’s Top 10 Jazz Records Of 2009

December 7, 2009


The weekly NPR Music column Take Five reached out to ten of its contributors to ask each for his/her favorite jazz album of 2009.

The resulting Top 10 list, posted yesterday, features Darcy James Argue‘s Infernal Machines, which continues to build its case as one of the most acclaimed jazz releases of the year.

“Argue makes his Secret Society debut with Infernal Machines,” writes Josh Jackson, host of WBGO’s The Checkout, “and he introduces a band that pulses like a steam locomotive. His compositions don’t punk the idea of jazz orchestra. Instead, they expand its source code to include organized sound from today and references beyond the time when large ensembles were de facto. Elements of classical minimalism, anthemic rock, and Ellingtonia meet a cast of improvisers who make this jazz in every way. It would be a shame to keep this kind of originality a secret.”