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Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: Not Two

Read "Not Two" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Much has been written about Amir ElSaffar's Iraqi-American background and the influence that birthright has had on his music. The demographics, however, do little to prepare the ear for the exotic and completely distinctive sound that he creates. ElSaffar's Western and Middle Eastern amalgam of disciplines had best manifested itself in his sextet, the Two Rivers ...

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Real Enemies

Read "Real Enemies" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Real Enemies, la performance multimediale che Darcy James Argue ha presentato in varie occasioni nell'ultimo anno, ci consente di apprezzare con la dovuta concentrazione la multiforme ricchezza dei suoi percorsi.
A sette anni dal debutto con Infernal Machine (seguito nel 2012 da Brooklyn Babylon) l'arrangiatore canadese conferma d'essere il massimo orchestratore emerso nel decennio, ...

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Will Mason Ensemble: Beams of the Huge Night

Read "Beams of the Huge Night" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

New York City resident Will Mason, while pursuing a Ph.D. in music at Columbia University, took the time to submerge himself in the most Spartan and remote conditions of his native Maine for the inspirations of nature that become manifest in Beams of the Huge Night. The drummer and composer assembled an unusually populated septet to ...

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Brooklyn Babylon

Read "Brooklyn Babylon" reviewed by Luca Canini

Che Brooklyn sia il cuore musicale della New York del terzo millennio è ormai un dato di fatto. Le spietate leggi del mercato immobiliare, da una decina d'anni o giù di lì, hanno costretto improvvisatori e jazzisti ad attraversare l'East River, in fuga da una Manhattan sempre più cara. Brooklyn nuovo rifugio e nuova frontiera, dunque, ...

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Brooklyn Babylon

Read "Brooklyn Babylon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part of the audience engagement process in multimedia performance is the integral dynamic of conflict and resolution between forms. Take one of them away and you have a different sensory experience. So, having witnessed graphic artist Danijel Zezelj and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society create separate but integrated works of art in the live performance of ...

Sam Sadigursky: Words Project III Miniatures

Read "Words Project III Miniatures" reviewed by Martin Gladu

There is something of genius in Sam Sadigursky's musical poeticizing. Indeed, besides his knack for casting the most uncanny yet perfect voices for his eclectic and at times Kafka-esque sets, the Brooklyn-based reedman/composer is rapidly becoming the beacon of modern jazz-informed musical prosody. In this capacity, he replenishes the dormant format with a daring, integrated approach ...

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Infernal Machines

Read "Infernal Machines" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A little more than a decade ago, Maria Schneider served notice that big band jazz was no longer the domain of our grandparents. She has gone on to own the genre and now, Brooklyn resident and star Schneider pupil, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society takes it to an exceptional place with his debut, Infernal Machines. What ...

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Infernal Machines

Read "Infernal Machines" reviewed by Ted Gordon

From the first listening of this album, it is clear that Darcy James Argue intends to make a strong statement about the boundaries of musical genres--of jazz and new music--as well as about musical aesthetics and technology. This album consists of Argue's compositions for “big band" (or “large ensemble," depending on whom you ask) with a ...

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Infernal Machines

Read "Infernal Machines" reviewed by David Rickert

What's a guy to do when he has aspirations to form a big band in this day and age? Certainly the odds are against him; for one thing, there isn't much of a market for it, and the cost of taking that many musicians on the road (much less paying them) can be cost prohibitive. But ...

Darcy James Argue: Infernal Machines

Read "Infernal Machines" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Desiring to be ensconced in an environment of music is a dream. Dreams can come true. And Darcy James Argue's band, Secret Society, catches those dreams in its first recorded effort. Taking its title from how John Philip Sousa described the phonograph at the turn of the 20th century, Infernal Machines articulates Argue's music well, in ...