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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Messages from the Heart

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Track List: Watch Out!

1. Watch Out!

2. Breakin' All The Rules

3. Long Time Coming

4. All My Love

5. Somewhere

6. Anything Can Happen

7. Burnin'

8. Till She's Out Of Your Mind

9. Come Back To Me

10. Tender Lovin'

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Track List: Signature

1. Almost Home

2. Days Gone By

3. Sweetest Taboo

4. Sneaky Pete

5. Softly

6. Hurry Up This Way Again

7. L' Esprit De Joie (The Spirit Of Joy)

8. Wise Ol' Souls

9. Oneness

10. Arrival

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Patrice Rushen

1. Forget Me Nots (12" Version)

2. Breakout! (12"' Version)

3. Remind Me

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

5. Look Up

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Track List: Posh

1. Never Gonna Give You Up

2. Don't Blame Me

3. Look Up

4. I Need Your Love

5. Time Will Tell

6. The Dream

7. The Funk Won't Let You Down

8. This Is All I Really Know

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Track List: Pizzazz

1. Let The Music Take Me

2. Keeping Faith In Love

3. Settle For My Love

4. Message In The Music

5. Haven't You Heard

6. Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up

7. Call On Me

8. Message In The Music (Reprise)

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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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No one Forget Me Not..... bass line I like. Thanks...
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mariejames34 7 9
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I'm.......Di g g i n g . . . . . T h i s . . . . . . . f o r g e t Me Nots........ . . L I K E . . . . . . . O N MY WAY TOO THE CLUB!!!!!!!S E E . . . . . Y A ! ! ! ! ! ! X X X O O O X X X O O X X O O
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Agree the bass line is killer
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Forget Me Nots- the bass line is a killer. Very smart and attractive lady. Hey, thanks for sharing.
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Patrice Rushen is so talented. I learned about in grammar school, through my brother who would play her music along other jazz music.
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What a DAMM FOOLISH FOOL YOU ARE TOO BE DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING YOU DAMM FOOLISH FOOL EXPRESSING YOUR PERSONAL ORIENTATION JUST FOOLISH OF YOU FOOL WHO CARES ������
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justinjenny4 9 5
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I'm right with you Joe Padilla..
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Be Right Back...Gotta Move ♫♫
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sbing711
Grooving at work - love it~ cool music.
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Very talented woman !
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BACK TO "BONDS"DAYS ...GARAGE HEAD..THE PLATANO 2020!#
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bigreds58
☆☆☆☆☆ Real R&B Soul
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All that... ALL THAT... SOOO SWEET
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Real music.
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Girl Definitely made that impression
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Still in love with her.
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One of my favorite songs. Patrice rocks it!
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lizabdiaz
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Love her I'm Sandy Gause.
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>>>
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Looking for you
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Forget me nots ��
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Sharp sister and that Bassline is a killer
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Thanks Patrice I first saw you back in the day you play this jam it was so cool may God keep you stay blessed don don Reese St Louis!!
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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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justinjenny4 9 5
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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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grandmother1 9 5 6
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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