Loose and Juicy

The Pazant Brothers & the Beaufort Express

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Loose and Juicy Review

by Richie Unterberger

The Pazant Brothers had been recording since the late '60s by the time they finally got to issue their only album (under the name the Pazant Brothers & the Beaufort Express) in the mid-'70s. (In fact, many of the tracks are reworkings of songs they'd cut on earlier singles, some of whose original incarnations dated all the way back to 1969.) The opportunity to do a full-length LP probably came too late for the group to make the most out of it, particularly as the instrumental R&B scene was moving on from the gritty funk they played onto disc. It's not a bad slice of reasonably earthy funk, the emphasis on the instrumentation; what vocals there are tend to be ornamental party chants rather than song-driven. Rhythmically, the group is a bit like a link between the Latin-influenced boogaloo soul of the last half of the 1960s and the later sounds of Kool & the Gang, a feature that's particularly striking on the title cut. There's also a hint of New Orleans in the way they like to elongate their horn lines. While they get into some fairly hard grooves on tracks like "Toe Jam," overall the album's a little workmanlike, though it has its fervent admirers among funk collectors. The whole album is included on the Pazant Brothers CD compilation The Brothers Funk.

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