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Patrice Rushen

Along with contemporaries George Duke and George Benson, Patrice Rushen made a major transition from cutting respected acoustic jazz material to hitting the upper reaches of the club and R&B charts. A dynamite keyboardist with a limited but sweet voice, Rushen debuted at the age of 20 on the Prestige label, working with maverick saxophonist Joe Henderson. Within a matter of a few years, legendary club DJ Larry Levan was spinning her carefree but sophisticated post-disco singles released on Elektra. Rushen continued releasing R&B albums into the '90s while never completely departing the jazz world; she also became a barrier-breaking musical director.

Born September 30, 1954, in Los Angeles, CA, Rushen's parents enrolled her in music classes at USC when she was three. In her teens, she won a solo competition at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival. The attention garnered from this earned her a contract with the Prestige label. After recording Prelusion (1974), Before the Dawn (1975), and Shout It Out (1976), and establishing herself as an in-demand session player on albums such as Donald Byrd's Caricatures and Eddie Henderson's Heritage, for which she contributed "Kudu," Rushen signed with Elektra. Forging an engaging jazz/R&B/funk fusion, she found a new audience through Patrice (1977), Pizzazz (1979), Posh (1980), Straight from the Heart (1982), and Now (1984). Most of these sets impacted both the jazz and R&B charts, and several singles off them were heard on dancefloors and across airwaves. 1980's "Haven't You Heard" and 1982's "Forget Me Nots" were the most successful of the lot; both of them went Top Ten on the R&B and club charts. The latter was sampled heavily for Will Smith's 1997 hit "Men in Black," while the former became the basis of Kirk Franklin's 2005 gospel crossover smash "Looking for You."

From the mid-'80s onward, Rushen's solo recordings were relatively sporadic, including sets for Arista, Sindrome, and Discovery; some of these were her most jazz-oriented releases since the mid-'70s. During the early '90s, she established herself as a musical director, guiding Janet Jackson's janet. world tour. More significantly, in 2004, she became the first woman to serve as musical director for the Grammy Awards. Throughout the decade, she continued to record, lending her skills to releases by Lee Ritenour, Stanley Clarke, George Benson, Babatunde Lea, and Jill Scott, not to mention the Hidden Beach label's Unwrapped series of hip-hop reinterpretations. ~ Ed Hogan & Andy Kellman
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Track List: Haven't You Heard: The Best Of Patrice Rushen

1. Hang It Up

2. When I Found You

3. Haven't You Heard

4. Settle For My Love

6. Look Up!

7. Never Gonna Give You Up

8. Forget Me Nots

9. Breakout!

10. Remind Me

14. Watch Out

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Track List: Now

1. Feels So Real (Won't Let Go)

2. Gone With The Night

3. Gotta Find It

4. Superstar

5. Heartache Heartbreak

6. Get Off

7. My Love's Not Going Anywhere

8. Perfect Love

9. High In Me

10. To Each His Own

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Track List: Straight From The Heart

1. Forget Me Nots

2. I Was Tired Of Being Alone

3. All We Need

4. Number One (Instrumental)

5. Where There Is Love

6. Breakout!

7. If Only

8. Remind Me

9. (She Will) Take You Down To Love

10. Forget Me Nots (12" Version)

11. Breakout (12" Version)

12. Number One (Instrumental 12" Version)

13. Forget Me Nots (Single Version)

14. Breakout! (Single Version)

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Track List: Shout It Out

1. The Hump

2. Shout It Out

3. Stepping Stones

4. Let Your Heart Be Free

5. Roll With The Punches

6. Let There Be Funk

7. Yolon

8. Sojourn

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Why are you jerks putting all that stupid a** s**t for comments,?? Nobody care that you are gay u idiot..! Keep tht bullshit to urself.
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...countless hours of enjoyment during the mid 70's and well into the 90's got this on hot wax.
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rolo539
Cool!
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The One and Only Patrice Rushen's Sound is So UNIQUE! Love It!
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jtb1947
One of my ABSOLUTE ALL-TIME favorites!!
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What a great song love to hear.
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topdentist43
Great Song. Miss the good days of the 70s, 80's
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Check her out on Renaissance. . Cut off the Jean Luc Ponte album Aurora
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GOOD sax
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axey06
Hard not to like. Watching the movie (BIG) PR song!
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MUSIC IS A MEMORY HOPE I PLAY SOME MEMORIES
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WHAT TALENTED WOMAN
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I love EVERYTHING about this song!! So smooth!
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mekamek883
This takes me back to my grandparents house when a party was a party
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I love her
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Freaking love this song. My dad's side of the family is what created my love for this type of music :)
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I Love Her��
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The sister is bad!!!!!!!!! !
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GREAT HIT
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Totally underrated great music doesn't age 72'
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Forget me not.
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carmelbound8
Prelusion was her first, followed by Before The Dawn.
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Question: What was Patrice Rushen's first jazz album called?
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odyssey2
Patrice Rushen's music is timeless
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I remember a friend and I would buy her album, get some cognac and lowenbrau, brewsky... but more importantly we first would see who played on the album with her or any artist for that matter. The point is pointless... every generation has a way in which they identify with the music of their era. I can't say music is any better or any worse than it was during my time. I respect her, primarily because I could count her music to be excellent every time I listened to it. Every generation need
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Don't forget her contribution with Jean Luc Ponte.. On keyboards
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Sent you flowers for Valentine Day,next might be something more special and shining.
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" My generation" music had great artists with many talents vs many of today's artists few with talents!
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I miss my best friend J
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This takes me back when I was stationed in Germany. Great time...GREAT time.
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Lots of great memories!! I miss those days!!
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Reminds me of crushing during my college years..fun times..good smooth tunes..
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1980. Good year and good music
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Good days block parties basement jams
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Fantastic artista amazing Lady
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Nothing like a person that can play a instrument especially a women!!
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love her she played most of her own instruments'
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It's alright...
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Never forget me nots (93)
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what a great song! They do not make them like this anymore! Classic!!
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chrisluna84
Beautiful memories.
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Yes I love the song forget me nots
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