Players Association were a New York based, Vanguard Records studio group, put together by drummer / arranger Chris Hills and Danny Weiss in 1977.
Players Association recordings brought in session musicians such as Larry Coryell, Joe Farrell, David Sanborn, James Mtume, Mike Mandel and others. Whilst writing some of their own songs, the group mainly focused on covers of soul, funk and disco tunes. They became more disco-funk with jazz overtones, although the Association occasionally detoured into instrumental jazz-pop and quiet storm music. Their two biggest hits were "Disco Inferno", a cover of The Trammps tune, and their own composition, "Turn The Music Up!"
"Disco Inferno" was an underground club hit in the US and the UK, most notable for the piercing solos from Michael and Randy Brecker. They proved infinitely more popular in the UK, where they scored three chart singles (including the Top Ten hit "Turn The Music Up") and one chart album, which also prompted a UK tour, although after the release of five albums between 1977 and 1981, the association ended.
- The Players Association - 1977 (U.S. Jazz #39; (U.S. Black Albums #30)
- Born to Dance - 1977 (U.S. Black Albums #57)
- Turn The Music Up - 1978 (U.K. #54)
- We Got the Groove - 1980
- Let Your Body Go - 1981
The Players Association (originally released on CD in the UK as VSD 79384) and Turn the Music Up (originally released in the UK on CD as VSD 79421), were issued on one CD in 1998, by the UK based Ace Records on catalogue number CDSEWD117. Born to Dance is also available on CD as catalogue number VMD 79398