Brass Construction

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Brass Construction was an American funk group formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. They were originally known as Dynamic Soul,[1] and went on to record a string of hit singles and albums through to 1985.

Career[edit]

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. Pianist/Flautist/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), Paul C Saenz (Guitar), Jesse Ward Jnr. (saxophone), Michael "Micky" Grudge (saxophone), Wayne Parris (trumpet), Alvin Haskin (original Trombone player on Movin), Duane Cahill (trombone), Joseph "Chickie" Arthur-Wong (guitar), and Randy Muller.[2]<later joined by Lee Evans on Keyboards.>

Brass Construction played a concert on November 28, 2005 at the Bataclan Arena in Paris, France.[2]

Legacy[edit]

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).[3] 1977's "Happy People" was sampled in 1997 by Cheek in "Sunshine People".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1975 – Brass Construction I
  • 1976 – Brass Construction II
  • 1977 – Brass Construction III
  • 1978 – Brass Construction IV
  • 1979 – Brass Construction V
  • 1980 – Brass Construction VI
  • 1982 – Attitudes
  • 1983 – Conversations
  • 1984 – Renegades
  • 1985 – Conquest
  • 1991 – Brass Construction Golden Classics
  • 1993 – The Best of Brass Construction (Movin' & Changin')
  • 1997 – Get Up To Get Down (Brass Construction's Funky Feeling)
  • 1998 – Brass Construction Live
  • 2002 – Classic Masters
  • 2002 – Movin' & Changin' Live
  • 2006 – Something For The Weekend (Stateside Records)[4]

Singles[edit]

  • 1976 – "Movin'" US #14; US R&B #1; UK #23
  • 1976 – "Changin'" US R&B #24
  • 1977 – "Ha Cha Cha (Funktion) US #51; US R&B #8; UK #37
  • 1977 – "What's On Your Mind (Expression)" US R&B #69
  • 1977 – "Message (Inspiration)" US R&B #42
  • 1978 – "L-O-V-E-U" US #104, US R&B #18
  • 1978 – "Celebrate" US R&B #77
  • 1978 – "Help Yourself" US R&B #58
  • 1979 – "Get Up" US R&B #56
  • 1980 – "Right Place" US R&B #41
  • 1980 – "How Do You Do (What You Do To Me)" US R&B #71
  • 1980 – "Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing" UK #39
  • 1982 – "Can You See The Light" US R&B #23
  • 1982 – "Attitude" US R&B #59
  • 1983 – "Walkin' The Line" US R&B #28; UK #47
  • 1983 – "We Can Work It Out" UK #70
  • 1984 – "Never Had A Girl" US R&B #38
  • 1984 – "Partytime" US R&B #53; UK #56
  • 1984 – "International" UK #70
  • 1985 – "Give And Take" US R&B #76; UK #62

UK chart hits[edit]

Date entered chart Title UK Singles Chart[5]
28 March 1976
"Movin'"
23
30 January 1977
"Ha Cha Cha (Funktion)"
37
20 January 1980
"Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing"
39
22 May 1983
"Walkin' The Line"
47
10 July 1983
"We Can Work It Out"
70
1 July 1984
"Partyline"
56
21 October 1984
"International"
70
3 November 1985
"Give and Take"
62
22 May 1988
"Movin' 1988" (remix)
24

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soulwalking.co.uk – accessed May 2010
  2. ^ a b Brassconstruction.com – accessed May 2010
  3. ^ Whosampled.com – accessed May 2010
  4. ^ Statesiderecords.com
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 76. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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