Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Patrice Rushen- Prelusion/Before The Dawn (2 Albums In 1)



This 1998 CD reissues keyboardist Patrice Rushen's first two recordings as a leader except for one selection ("Puttered Bopcorn") from the first date that was left out due to lack of space. Twenty at the time of the earlier set, Rushen showed a great deal of potential for the future, potential that (at least in the jazz world) was unfortunately never realized. Rushen is heard on the Prelusion album heading a septet that includes tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson (the most memorable soloist), trumpeter Oscar Brashear, trombonist George Bohanon and Hadley Caliman on reeds; the music is essentially advanced hard bop with touches of fusion. The later date has a similar group (without Henderson) and with guest spots for flutist Hubert Laws and guitarist Lee Ritenour. The R&Bish vocal by Josie James on "What's the Story" hints at where Rushen would be going in the future: straight to the pop market. So overall this CD, which should have served as a bright beginning for the young keyboardist, is practically the artistic highpoint of Patrice Rushen's erratic career.
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7 comments:

Psychotic said...

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cheeba said...

Sweet! That 2nd album's where it's at... been sampled heavily over the years but still sounds dope. Thanx!

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2timez said...

NICE.....THIS IS GOOD SH*T THANKz

troods said...

Thank you so much for Patrice Rushen. Wanted this for some time now. You're great!

Anonymous said...

much love for this. Eye opening to patrice rushen's earlier career. thanks

wutangfan85 said...

The links not there anymore. Do you think you can repost it?

Fede4real said...

I think you have been very critic/negative reviweing her career.Patrice has trascended the jazz genre adn is a living legend respected in both jazz and funk soul worlds.My father is a kazz purist too,when you people talk about funky or pop call it "commercial" and for some reason dont appreciate the work adn talent needed to record a great pop tune.Its not easy record an album like Thriller,even tho you may consider it less complex than any jazz album.I think artists like Patrice or George Benson that have been heavely critized by the jazz purists..I think they have contribute to music in much more ways than many straight jazz musicians,same as hancock.The broaden horizons,and they ar enot just talented instrumentalist but vocalists too.Ironically the jazz purist dont consider singing talent as talent.To me this people is at a whole another category.Patrice have nothing to prove to the jazz world she's a legend matter fact.The use of the word "commercial" that you do reminded me so much of my father.He always called it Commercial if its not straight jazz in a kinda despective way