Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Credit: Luis Godinho

Credit: Luis Godinho

Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

THE 20 BEST JAZZ ALBUMS OF THE 2010s

“Revitalizing big band orchestration for the modern era… an alternate soundtrack to a spy thriller that plays out only in your mind.”

Phil Freeman | Stereogum
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Big Bands Reign Supreme at Angrajazz

“The festival’s absolute pinnacle, taking big band expression to its highest level.”

Martin Longley | DownBeat
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Preview NYC Winter Jazzfest in 7 Tracks

“The most culturally resonant jazz album of 2016 turned out to be Real Enemies, a big-band meditation on the various strains of paranoia in American civic and political life.”

Nate Chinen | The New York Times
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Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society sound sinister and sublime at Kings Place

“The range of different colours and textures Argue gets from the ensemble is astonishing… a bravura piece of large ensemble writing that proves just how nimble a big band can be in the right hands.”

Thomas Rees | Jazzwise
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CD REVIEW: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Real Enemies

“A mind-blowing example of truly great, era-defining jazz composition.”

John L. Walters | London Jazz News
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Top 10 jazz albums

“Chilling, funny, and rollicking with varied grooves, strong solos, and the occasional drop-in spoken-word.”

Jon Garelick | Boston Globe
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The Best Jazz Albums of 2016

“The music scintillates… heady, soulful, and a little creepy… one of the best jazz albums of 2016.”

Fred Kaplan | Slate
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The Ten Best Albums of 2016

“A work of harrowing prescience by a great young composer who gets greater every year.”

David Hajdu | The Nation
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Real Enemies - Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

“Argue’s calling card thus far has been an ability to combine his love of jazz’s past with more contemporary sonics … He’s clever without being arch, a syncretic creator who avoids obvious imitation.”

Seth Colter Walls | Pitchfork
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The Best Conspiracy Theory-Fueled Jazz Fusion You’ll Hear All Year

“A sonic incarnation of our strange and dangerous times… slides in and around numerous styles with cloak-and-dagger stealth.”

Milo Miles | The Village Voice
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