Thursday, 3 September 2009

Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers ”Funk Express”

Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers

Funk Express
( LP Source Records, 1980 )
Catalog # SOR 3234

A1 Come On And Boogie (Part I – Vocal) (4:56)
A2 Come On And Boogie (Part II – A Fantasy Of Fusion) (4:56)
A3 In The Pocket (6:08)
A4 Who Are You (3:20)
B1 Sticks And Stones (6:04)
B2 Time Has No Ending (3:49)
B3 Slow Down (You Keep Telling Me) (4:32)
B4 Keep That Same Old Feeling (6:55)

Cat# SOR-3234
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1980

Although not as strong as 1978’s Bustin’ Loose, 1980’s Funk Express is a generally decent and occasionally excellent LP that was produced by Wayne Henderson. Hard bop fans, of course, know Henderson as a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders; but in the 1970s, he moved away from straight-ahead acoustic jazz and became a lot more commercial. Whether he was producing Ronnie Laws and Side Effect from 1975-1977 or Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers in 1980, it was clear that Henderson’s days as a full-time bop trombonist were a thing of the past. Funk Express isn’t among Brown’s essential releases, and it didn’t contain a big national hit like Bustin’ Loose’s title song. But it fared well in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area and has its share of infectious go-go grooves, which include “In the Pocket,” “Come on and Boogie,” and “Sticks and Stones” (a tune that combines go-go with elements of George Clinton’s p-funk sound). Not all of the songs are go-go-minded; “Who Are You” and Henderson’s “Time Has No Ending” are romantic soul ballads, and the LP takes a mildly jazzy turn with a remake of the Crusaders’ 1976 hit “Keep That Same Old Feeling.” For casual listeners, Bustin’ Loose would be a better choice than Funk Express, although Brown’s hardcore fans will find this album enjoyable.
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

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