"If you’ve been hungering to hear Latin-based jazz in a new light, your prayers have been answered."
– NY Press
"The ten-piece Positive Catastrophe pools the resources of two outstanding bandleaders: the ever-searching avant-jazz cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, and Abraham Gomez-Delgado, head of the eclectic alterna-Latino outfit Zemog El Gallo Bueno…full of swagger and groove, it combines Mingus-esque polyphonic momentum with vibrantly off-kilter world-funk.”
– Time Out New York
"...a raucous 10-piece ensemble which nails its distinctive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythm and freewheeling improvisation."
– The New York Times
Positive Catastrophe is the brainchild of Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) and Abraham Gomez-Delgado (percussion). Taylor is one of the most impressive of the latest crop of up and coming jazz musicians and Ab has long been expanding the boundaries of Latin-based music and jazz. Together they have come up with Positive Catastrophe: a trans-idiomatic ten-piece little big band that successfully connects the dots between Sun Ra and Eddie Palmieri and beyond! The group enlists a bevy of New York’s most adventurous jazz and salsa musicians, all of whom are composers and leaders in their own right. The full line up on this album is: Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, flugelhorn, co-leader), Abraham Gomez-Delgado (vocals, percussion, co-leader), Jen Shyu (vocals, erhu), Matt Bauder (tenor sax, clarinets), Michael Attias (baritone sax), Mark Taylor (french horn), Reut Regev (trombone), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Alvaro Benavides (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums). With the exceptional musicianship of all of these players and their fluidity in multiple genres, a unique instrumentation that hints at a traditional jazz and salsa big bands yet includes french horn, erhu, and rock guitar, and a pair of dramatic vocalists that are comfortable singing in three languages, Positive Catastrophe creates a truly boundary-crossing kind of new music.
released May 5, 2009
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet, flugelhorn, co-leader
Abraham Gomez-Delgado – percussion, voice, co-leader
Jen Shyu – voice, erhu
Mark Taylor – french horn, mellophone
Reut Regev – trombone, flugabone
Matt Bauder – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet
Michael Attias – baritone saxophone
Pete Fitzpatrick – electric guitar
Alvaro Benavides – electric bass (tracks 1-4, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Keith Witty – acoustic bass (tracks 5, 8, 9)
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 10 music and lyrics by Abraham Gomez-Delgado, Club Gallistico Music, ASCAP.
Tracks 2, 6, 8, 9 music and lyrics by Taylor Ho Bynum, Thobulous Music, BMI.
Track 5 music by Matt Bauder, ASCAP. Lyrics by Jen Shyu, ASCAP.
“Travels” is dedicated to Sun Ra.
“Metro Mono” is dedicated to Fred Ho.
All tracks recorded in-studio at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY, September 3, 2008, except “Travels Part 4," recorded live at Zebulon, Brooklyn, NY, August 18, 2008.
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jon Rosenberg.
Produced by Taylor Ho Bynum and Abraham Gomez-Delgado.
Drawings by Abraham Gomez-Delgado.
Portrait photos by Heather Conley.
Performance photo by Scott Friedlander.
Design by Bill Ellsworth.