POSITIVE CATASTROPHE

Garabatos Volume One

2009-08-17

This ten-piece big band comes out of New York with its first release. This is adventurous stuff; indeed some of it might be a bit too challenging for the average radio listener. Many of these songs feature Latin-tinged percussion, such as that found on "Metro Mono" and on one of my favorites, "Plena Quicksand Monument". Another of my favorites, "Post Chordal", features an ascending and descending horn melody that is reminiscent of the Mingus piece, "Fables of Faubus". All in all, this is nice stuff for the discriminating jazz fan, and it just gets better with each listen. Rebecca Ruth

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