|Genres:||Disco R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||funk soul disco new york|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Led by singer and keyboards player Randy Muller (Guyana), Brass Construction was a leading group in the disco movement of the 70s. Muller originally formed the band in Brooklyn, New York, as Dynamic Soul, mixing funk, salsa and reggae rhythms with a more orthodox jazz line-up to create a highly danceable sound. Renamed Brass Construction, the nine-piece group was signed by United Artists in 1975. The members included Michael Grudge (b. Jamaica) and Jesse Ward Jnr. (saxophones), Wayne Parris (b. Jamaica) and Morris Price (trumpets), Joseph Arthur Wong (b. Trinidad; guitar), Wade Williamson (bass), Larry Payton (drums) and percussionist Sandy Billups. With infectious polyrhythms and minimal, chanted vocals, the groups first release, Movin, topped the R&B charts and was a number 14 US pop hit in April 1976. It was followed by Changin, Ha Cha Cha (Funktion) and L-O-V-E-U, which were all bestsellers....