We’re just past the halfway point, and the acclaimed young bandleader’s Infernal Machines is 2009’s consensus jazz disc. A fanfare here, a freak-out there, enough dark hues and ingenious oddities to woo a twenty-something audience that doesn’t know or care about the ancient stack o’ riffs that big bands were built on; it’s all here. Argue’s orchestral sense is sharp, sharp, sharp; he pushes an array of rich sound slabs forward with true judiciousness. The group has been working, so expect some of their bedrock clout to help the music wax authoritative.
Wed., July 15, 7:30 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 8, 2009