Darcy James Argue’s Infernal Machines One Of Time Out New York’s Best Albums Of 2009

December 21, 2009

Time Out New York‘s Music Editor Steve Smith chose Darcy James Argue’s Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) as the only jazz record on his 10 best albums of 2009 list, published in the latest issue.

“Composer and bandleader Argue’s highly anticipated debut offered an expansive, inclusive new jazz that’s open to all,” Smith wrote.

The magazine’s five-star review of Infernal Machines, written by David R. Adler for the May 7th issue, can be found here.

Positive Catastrophe Trio At Barbès Tonight

December 21, 2009

A scaled down and more mobile trio version of the 10-piece avant-salsa ensemble Positive Catastrophe will perform the early set tonight at Barbès in Brooklyn.

This new incarnation features Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Reut Regev (trombone) and Abraham Gomez-Delgado (Hybrid Guitar percussion set).

Check out this video of co-leaders Bynum and Gomez-Delgado performing music from the band’s debut Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records) in the Time Out New York offices this past May.

Harris Eisenstadt’s CD Release Tour Begins Tomorrow

October 23, 2009

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt is about to hit the road to celebrate his latest recording, Canada Day (Clean Feed).

The record documents his original book of music for the longstanding quintet, Canada Day, featuring Nate Wooley (trumpet), Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Eivind Opsvik (bass).

Check out Eisenstadt and Wooley playing a stripped-down version of the track “Kategeeper” in the Time Out New York office.

The tour begins Saturday with the first of two nights at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe and continues with concerts in Buffalo, Rochester and Toronto.

Here’s the complete schedule:

10/24 :: Cornelia Street Cafe (New York, NY)
10/25 :: Cornelia Street Cafe (New York, NY)
10/27 :: York University (Toronto, ON)
10/27 :: Tranzac (Toronto, ON)
10/28 :: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY)
10/29 :: The Bop Shop (Rochester, NY)

Darcy James Argue: The Photographer

September 3, 2009
Photo by Ben Anaman

Photo by Ben Anaman

Time Out New York‘s annual Photo Issue hits the streets this week and with it a section they call NYC in Pictures featuring photos of New York taken by 100 of the publication’s “favorite NYC celebrities, artists, photographers, and real new yorkers.”

Among this prominent list of would-be shutterbugs is our own Darcy James Argue, who has popped up on a number of radar screens since the release of his debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) in May.

Each person was given a single use camera and asked to document “their New York.”

You can check out Darcy’s photos, among images taken by musicians such as Sean Lennon and Little Steven Van Zandt, here.

Time Out New York Previews Darius Jones’ Debut On AUM Fidelity

August 31, 2009
Photo by Carrie Villines

Photo by Carrie Villines

Time Out New York‘s Hank Shteamer previews the Darius Jones Trio’s forthcoming debut in a post today on the publication’s music blog, The Volume.

“Each time we’ve seen Jones play, we’ve been seriously impressed with the sheer gut-level intensity he projects, whether he’s blasting out a furiously minimal riff or digging into a deep blues groove,” Shteamer writes. “So it pleases us greatly to report that Jones has hooked up with AUM Fidelity, a local label that knows plenty about the horn man’s brand of gritty free jazz, for his debut as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), due out October 13.”

The post offers a streaming track from the record and discusses the trio’s forthcoming performance at AUM Fidelity’s showcase event at Abrons Arts Center on October 15th, which will also feature tenor saxophonist David S. Ware’s triumphant return to performing and the first performance of bassist William Parker’s acclaimed Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra in more than four years.

Reminder: Fay Victor Ensemble At The Stone Tonight

July 15, 2009
Fay Victor

Fay Victor

Vocalist/composer Fay Victor and her longstanding flagship band, The Fay Victor Ensemble, will perform tonight at The Stone in New York.

The group, which Time Out New York calls “a unique mixture of impressionistic spoken word and gritty jazz fusion,” will be previewing music from its forthcoming September release, The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music).

“Taking jazz singing forward with a unique form of expression,” declares Cadence reviewer Jim Santella, “Fay Victor delivers with authority. She reaches out with open arms to celebrate the freedom that comes with singing what you feel.”

Jazzwise reviewer Selwyn Harris agrees, writing, “This New York-based vocalist actually stretches the definition of jazz vocals with Betty Carter, Hendrix and Sun Ra’s song-based cosmic poetry all in the mix.”

The Fay Victor Ensemble features guitarist Anders Nilsson, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Michael T.A. Thompson.

Improvised Communications To Represent Darcy James Argue

June 25, 2009
Photo by Ben Anaman

Photo by Ben Anaman

Improvised Communications is pleased to announce it has been retained as the exclusive media contact for New York-based composer/bandleader Darcy James Argue. This new partnership, which builds on a relationship that began with the promotion of Argue’s acclaimed 2009 debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), will officially begin July 1st. Argue’s 18-piece steampunk big band, Secret Society, will next perform in New York on July 15th at Le Poisson Rouge and September 18th at Jazz Gallery. The band will also take part in a four-ensemble big band festival, curated by Argue, on October 19th at Brooklyn’s The Bell House.

Infernal Machines has been called “a potent debut” (Nate Chinen, New York Times), “a wholly original take on big band’s past, present and future” (Seth Colter Walls, Newsweek), “a seven-track marvel of imagination” (David R. Adler, Time Out New York) and “a fully integrated sound world as current as it is timeless” (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com). “Infernal Machines ably demonstrates what all the fuss has been about,” adds BBC.com reviewer John Eyles. “Darcy James Argue has created a big band for the twenty-first century that builds on the strengths of the past while using the genre to produce dynamic contemporary music.”

Argue is one of the most visible and respected musicians in New York, as well as one of the jazz world’s most prolific and influential bloggers. In addition to the critical success of Infernal Machines, recent career highlights include three nominations in this year’s Jazz Journalists Association Awards and performances at such notable European venues as the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and the legendary Moers Festival in Germany. The recipient of a variety of commissions and composition awards, Argue accepted his latest, the SOCAN/CAJE Phil Nimmons Emerging Composer Award, in May at Canada’s National Jazz Awards in Toronto. Learn more at http://secretsociety.typepad.com