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Positive Catastrophe: Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo...

Read "Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo..." reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Creative juices must have been bouncing off the studio walls during the recording process of this band's sophomore album. The ten-piece unit includes several progressive-jazz notables, such as cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and saxophonists Matt Bauder and Michael Attias. The perspicacious group-centric focus enlivens a wild Latin Jazz jamboree, where rules are most certainly meant to be broken. This variegated set tenders an off-centered mix of convention with semi-structured chaos and a profound sense of the dynamic, ...

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Positive Catastrophe: Garabatos Volume One

Read "Garabatos Volume One" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There has always been a strong case to tear down the walls that divide music in the past two hundred years--especially in the 21st century. The best case for this phenomenon has always come from forward-thinking musicians themselves. One of the best examples of this comes in the form of Positive Catastrophe, a little big band co-led by cornetist/flugelhornist Taylor Ho Bynum and percussionist/vocalist Abraham Gomez-Delgado on the appropriately titled debut, Garabatos Volume One.

The record appears to be a ...

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Positive Catastrophe: Garabatos Volume One

Read "Garabatos Volume One" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Positive Catastrophe has several things going for it. Disaster is not one of them. This 10-piece band, which has been active in New York City since 2007, is the offspring of co-leaders Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, flugelhorn) and Abraham Gomez-Delgado (percussion, voice). Bynum has long been a powerhouse in improvised music. Gomez-Delgado is also an active participant who believes that it is important to know one's roots before making them part of the experience. He thus brings in his own ...

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Positive Catastrophe: Garabatos Volume One

Read "Garabatos Volume One" reviewed by Martin Longley

This large New York City ensemble is co-led by cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the less well-known percussionist Abraham Gomez-Delgado, both of whom divide its original material between themselves. Despite potential difficulties in convening their 10-piece lineup, the band has been gigging steadily around the city, refining its carefully controlled form of anarchy. The biggest components are Latin and avant jazz, and it's therefore tempting to assign these halves to the band's leader-composers. The end product isn't ...


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