Brick – 1976 – Good High
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A killer debut from Brick – the start of a massive run at the end of the 70s, a time when the group was easily one of the biggest acts to come out of the up-and-coming Atlanta scene! Like some other Atlanta acts of the time, Brick had a way of fusing older funky soul on a tighter modern groove – coming up with a sound that was nice and lean – perfect for these key transitional years of funk – with influences that were felt for years, in places as far away as the west coast! Case in point is the album’s classic “Dazz” – one of those cuts that never gets old – nestled nicely in a lineup that also includes “Music Matic”, “Here We Come”, “Good High”, “Brick City”, and “Sister Twister”.
A1 Here We Come 2:52
A2 Music Matic 3:00
A3 Dazz 5:35
A4 Can’t Wait 3:21
A5 Southern Sunset 4:03
B1 Good High 3:11
B2 Brick City 6:19
B3 Sister Twister 3:33
B4 That’s What It’s All About 4:16
Brick was an Atlanta band that created a successful merger of disco and jazz in the ’70s they called “dazz.” Brick’s roster included lead vocalist/saxophonist/flutist Jimmy Brown; guitarist/bassist/vocalist Regi Hargis Hickman; lead singer Ray Ransom, who doubled as a bassist/keyboardist/percussionist, and Eddie Irons, who sang lead vocals and played drums and keyboards. They recorded “Music Matic” for Main Street in 1976 before signing to the CBS-distributed label Bang. Their first Bang single, “Dazz,” topped Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart and reached number three on the Hot 100. In 1977, Brick scored two more huge hits with “Dusic” and “Ain’t Gonna’ Hurt Nobody,” each with a chunky, propulsive beat and catchy, light pop-jazz refrain. Their last Top Ten R&B hit was “Sweat (Til You Get Wet)” — a collaboration with Ray Parker, Jr. — in 1981. After 5, their sixth and final album for Bang, was released in 1982. As a quartet on the Magic City label, they released Too Tuff in 1988 and then broke up.
Review by Craig Lytle, AMG
The debut album from the Atlanta-based funk aggregate spawned three singles and a host of soul numbers. The first single from the album was “Music Matic“, a smooth yet funky composition in which the group expresses the lyric in unison, augmented by Jimmy Brown’s commendable flute and sax solos. The second single was “Dazz“, which was defined by the group in the chorus as “disco jazz.” With Regis Hargis’ twanging guitar and Brown’s long-winded sax riffs, the catchy hook line caught on across the nation and the song claimed the number one spot on the R&B charts for four consecutive weeks (it reached number three on the pop side). “Can’t Wait” is set in a looping sci-fi rhythm through the verses before seguιing to a hopping groove. Brown’s refreshing saxophone work can be heard on the instrumental cuts “Southern Sunset“, whose title provides a good setting, and “Sister Twister“. Having a fetish for jazz, the self-contained quintet glimmer on this extended jazz composition, which includes funky basslines. The third single, “That’s What It’s All About“, the only ballad featured on the album, has an soft melody and encouraging lyric delivered by Brown’s husky baritone. Every song is complemented by Brown’s impressive horn exhibition and the group’s overall musical ability.