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.[2]


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),[3] 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.[3] Drummer Larry Payton's death was reported in March 2016.[4]


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).[5] 1977's "Happy People" was sampled in 1997 by Cheek in "Sunshine People".


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label

1975/1976 Brass Construction 10 1 55 9 United Artists
Brass Construction II 26 3
1977 Brass Construction III 66 16
1978 Brass Construction IV 174 24
1979 Brass Construction 5 89 18
1980 Brass Construction 6 121 32
1982 Attitudes 114 21 Liberty
1983 Conversations 176 29 Capitol
1984 Renegades 31 94
1985 Conquest
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 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)


Year Title Peak chart positions


1970 "Two Timin' Lady"
1976 "Movin'" 14 1 1 20 47 10 23
"Changin'" 24 3
"Ha Cha Cha (Funktion)" 51 8 14 37
1977 "The Message (Inspirational)" 42
"What's on Your Mind (Expression)" 69
"We" / "Celebrate" 37
1978 "L-O-V-E-U" 104 18
"Celebrate" 77
"Help Yourself" 58
"Get Up" 56
1979 "Right Place" 41 74
1980 "Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing" 39
"I'm Not Gonna Stop"
"How Do You Do (What You Do to Me)" 71
1982 "Can You See the Light" 23 64
"Attitude" 59
1983 "Walkin' the Line" 28 17 47
"We Can Work It Out" 70
1984 "Never Had a Girl" 38
"Partyline" 53 56
"International" 70
1985 "Give and Take" 76 28 62
1988 "Movin' 1988" 50 41 24
"Ha Cha Cha" (re-release) 94
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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