It’s been four years since their last proper release, Starship Estrada. The tight and tasty new album Keep on Push’n remedies this situation with a strong statement, moving forward with the band’s confident melding of roots-funk and Afro-Latin flavors. The deep grooves hint at everything from Fela Kuti to the Crusaders, Donald Byrd, and even early Earth, Wind & Fire.
The band’s ringleader and primary composer, Camilo Estrada, anchors the proceedings, laying it down deep in the cut with no-nonsense bass, while the tandem of Adam Kessler’s skin-tight drumming and percussionist Ahkeenu Musa add driving layers of propulsion, accented by percolating contributions from guitarist Arie Pytel and keyboardist Mark Hager. Though there are excellent solo turns by all band members, especially the frontline horns, the focus is on rhythmically tight groove collectivity. The New Triumph can ably represent Seattle in a venerable pantheon of laid-back, eclectic West coast funk.
Andrew Luthridge - Earshot Jazz Magazine June 2017
released June 17, 2017
Camilo Estrada - bass, Marc Hager - keys, Ahkeenu Musa percussion, Adam Kessler - drums, Arie Pytel - guitar, Robby Beasley trumpet (1,2,5,6,7) Scott Morning trumpet (3,4,8), Ariel Chi-Linh Nguyen Loud - saxophones
Produced by Camilo Estrada
Recorded and mixed by Geoff Ott at London Bridge Studios
Mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering
Art by Blake Whitaker.
All songs composed by Camilo Estrada and The New Triumph
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