His name first crossed my path as a teenager. In 1974 a new group from Brooklyn, New York called B.T. Express released one of the funkiest albums of the year 'Do It 'Til You're Satisfied' which contained the US R&B No. 1 monster 'Express'. This huge club favourite featured what would be one of Muller's trademarks, a smooth, subtle, sweet sounding string arrangement which gave the track an added class and sophistication. The following year Muller really made the music world sit up and take notice when he and his nine piece outfit Brass Construction exploded onto the scene with their debut album featuring the groundbreaking joints 'Movin' and 'Changin', both 8 minute plus 'soul boy' anthems, which gave dancers (like myself at the time) the heavenly feeling of an endless funky groove. These two recordings really were game-changers. Again, those distincitve string arrangements, along with the striking horns meant for a magical Randy Muller mix. Along with his own band, Muller branched out in the 80's working and delivering hits for several artists including Skyy ('Let's Celebrate' 'Call Me') and Rapheal Cameron ('Boogie's Gonna Get You').In recent years a considerable amount of Muller's work has been sampled by the hip hop community and his influence has extended to leading music folk such as legendary dj/producer Kenny 'Dope' Gonzales. Now in 2013, proving that he's still got 'the chops', Randy Muller has returned with his new brand new band, Brooklyn Soul Biscuits and their debut outing, 'Soul Biscuits'.
Armed with seasoned musicians from such established bands as Crown Heights Affair, Joe Public and Family Stand, Randy Muller and his tight squad have put together a funk/soul/jazzy album that swings. From the bright and breezy opening song welcoming a 'Beautiful Day' (which by the way, has a Kenny 'Dope' Gonzales remix included) to the straight up street funk, call and response grooving 'We Got Soul' (one of my favourite cuts) expressing with joy how 'everybody' got soul, this is a journey that flows. He even finds time to get smooth with the tender 'It's All About You'. The organ led 70's instrumental 'Cornbread' has a jazzy swing reminiscent of the renowned Jimmy Smith. I fell in love with 'Come As U Are' as the rhythm is laced with Brass Construction-type horns lines adding to the tune. Other stand outs include the female led 'Off The Ground' and the high energy, intense, hard driving, pulsating 'The Worm' which creates a non step groove with stabbing horns as a cushion over which Muller works his keyboard dexterity to an audio frenzy. Simply wonderful and in my opinion the album's strongest dancefloor contender, especially for the 'funky house' crowd. In all I would say the 'Soul Biscuits' album is a worthy successor to the legacy of Randy Muller's exceptional musical output. A strong soul and funk set that should please both old and new ears. For the Brooklyn Soul Biscuits, the timing couldn't be better.
'Soul Biscuits' - Brooklyn Soul Biscuits is on Plaza Records
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