Bandleader-composer Darcy James Argue’s music has a dark and foreboding quality, even as it pulses with rock energy, imbued with a harmonic sophistication that places him in the lineage of Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and other large-ensemble modernists. Still riding high on the success of one of 2009's most talked-about jazz albums, Infernal Machines, Argue is making the big-band idiom cool again.
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