Best of 2014 Pick 15

Jungle Fire: Tropicoso (Nacional, 2014)

Excellent drumming with super flavorful percussionist sauce over the top on this Latin funk record with strong players at all positions.

Some disco party vibe mixed into the fourth tune, Firewalker, and some slinky midtempo funk on the fifth track, the title track.

Excellent work by all members but I found myself listening more to the guitar player than I do in other funk outfits — he/she provides some nice contrast to the big bumpin horn work.  However, the guitar player is nothing without the rhythm section and these guys are slamming.  Also a big shout out for the melodic and powerful bass lines, everybody’s killin it on this record.

A little bit of Earth Wind and fire, a whole bunch of Fela, and a bit of James Brown.

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