Brass Construction

 

Brass Construction was an American funk group formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. They were originally known as Dynamic Soul, and went on to record a string of hit singles and albums through to 1985.

Career

Signed in 1975 by Sid Maurer, and former Epic Records promotion man Fred Frank, they scored two US Billboard Hot 100 entries in 1976 - the most successful being "Movin'," which hit #14. They had much more success on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, with nine chart entries, including "Movin'", which reached #1. Singer, pianist, flautist and arranger Randy Muller went on to score a number of R&B hits with Skyy.

Over the years, Brass Construction members have included Wade Williamston (bass), Sandy Billups (percussion), Morris Price (trumpet), Larry Payton (drums), Jesse Ward Jr. (saxophone), Michael "Micky" Grudge (saxophone), Wayne Parris (trumpet), Alvin Haskin (original Trombone player on Movin), Duane Cahill (trombone), Joseph Arthur-Wong (guitar), and Randy Muller (lead vocals), later joined by Lee Evans on keyboards. Joseph Arthur-Wong died in 1998. Larry Payton and Jesse Ward Jr. died in March 2016.

Brass Construction reunited for a concert on November 28, 2005 at the Bataclan Arena in Paris, France. Drummer Larry Payton's death was reported in March 2016.

Legacy

1975's "Changin'" was sampled in 1989 by Gang Starr on "Positivity", and on "Gimme" by Jill Scott (2001). Brass Construction's song "Movin'" was used on "Got Myself Together" by The Bucketheads (1995). ("Movin'" also played in the background on the episode of Good Times during the Evans' farewell party when they received the tragic news about James' passing via telegram.) "Message (Inspiration)" was sampled in 1988 on "I Ain't Tha 1" by N.W.A; while "What's on Your Mind (Expression)" was sampled in 1988 on "Cool V's Tribute to Scratching" by Biz Markie. "Sambo" was sampled in 1998 on "Vision of Paradise" by Bob Sinclar, and "One to One" was sampled in "Ain`t No Stoppin'" by Most Wanted featuring Pras and The Product G&B in 1998. Also, "Get Up to Get Down" was sampled in "Bass" by King Tee (1988) and on "Tanqueray" by DJ Quik (1995). 1977's "Happy People" was sampled in 1997 by Cheek in "Sunshine People".

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

  • Golden Classics (1991, Collectables)
  • The Best of Brass Construction: Movin' & Changin' (1993, EMI)
  • Get Up to Get Down: Brass Construction's Funky Feeling (1997, Capitol)
  • Classic Masters (2002, EMI/Capitol)
  • Something for the Weekend: 10 Extended Soul Weekender Classics (2006, Stateside)

Singles

Band Members

Wade Williamston - Bass

Sandy Billups - Percussion

Morris Price - Trumpet

Larry Payton (1955-2016) - Drums

Jesse Ward Jr.

( -2016) - Saxophone

Michael "Micky" Grudge - Saxophone

Wayne Parris - Trumpet

Alvin Haskin - Trombone

Duane Cahill Trombone

Joseph Arthur-Wong (deceased)- Guitar

Randy Muller - Lead Vocals

Lee Evans - Keyboard

See also

  • List of Number 1 Dance Hits (United States)
  • List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Brass Construction at AllMusic
  • Randy Muller's official website
  • BBC.co.uk review
Source : Wikipedia

Top Tracks

Movin' 1

Movin'

Get Up To Get Down 2

Get Up To Get Down

Changin' 3

Changin'

Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing 4

Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing

L-O-V-E-U 5

L-O-V-E-U

Can You See The Light 6

Can You See The Light

Walkin' The Line 7

Walkin' The Line

Watch Out 8

Watch Out

Ha Cha Cha (Funktion) 9

Ha Cha Cha (Funktion)

Love 10

Love

Top Albums

Something For The Weekend
Something For The Weekend
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Best Of ..Movin' & Changin'
Best Of ..Movin' & Changin'
tracks
The Best of Brass Construction
The Best of Brass Construction
tracks

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