Brass Construction

Brass Construction’s cosmopolitan blend of Latin salsa, big band jazz and hard funk had a significant impact on 1970’s music. Combining dance floor cool and commercial savvy, “BC” created a brand new kind of pop that combined mainstream jazz and African folk to expand the historical concerns of black music into urban America’s rhytmic world. Brass Construction, a prominent group of the 1970s disco movement, was led by Randy Muller (b. Guyana), a keyboard player and singer. The original name of the band was Dynamic Soul. It mixed funk, salsa, and reggae rhythms, with a more traditional jazz line-up, to create a danceable sound. The nine-member group, renamed Brass Construction was signed by United Artists on 25th August 1975. Jesse Ward Jnr and Michael Grudge were the members. Jesse Ward Jr. (b. Jamaica), Michael Grudge (saxophones), Wayne Parris(b. Jamaica), and Morris Price (trumpets), Joseph Arthur Wong; guitar), Wade Williamson, Larry Payton (drums), and Sandy Billups (percussion). Their first album, ‘Movin”, was a hit with their infectious polyrhythms.

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