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Patrice Rushen

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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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Albums by
Patrice Rushen

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    14 songs

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    Watch Out [Bonus Tracks]

    10 songs

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    Now

    10 songs

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    Signature

    14 songs

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    Straight from the Heart

    8 songs

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    Pizzazz

    8 songs

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    Posh

    8 songs

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    Shout It Out

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Patrice Rushen

    10 songs

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    Patrice

    10 songs

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    Forget Me Nots & Other Hits

    10 songs

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    Anything But Ordinary

    12 songs

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    The Meeting

    10 songs

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    Watch Out!

    9 songs

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    Shout It Out [Bonus Track]

    5 songs

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    Prelusion

    5 songs

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    Before the Dawn


Top Songs by
Patrice Rushen

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  2.   Forget Me Nots
  3.   Almost Home
  4.   Remind Me
  5.   Number One
  6.   Days Gone By
  7.   Haven't You Heard
  8.   Feels So Real (Won't Let Go)
  9.   When I Found You
  10.   Always on Time
  11.   Never Gonna Give You Up (Pt. 1)
  12.   Perfect Love
  13.   Gotta Find It
  14.   Lowness
  15.   Jubilation
  16.   The Funk Won't Let You Go
  17.   Settle For My Love
  18.   All My Love
  19.   Element of Mystery
  20.   What's the Story
  21.   Look up!
  22.   Heartache Heartbreak
  23.   This Is All I Really Know
  24.   Time Will Tell
  25.   Still Not a Player by Andrew Gouche
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Patrice Rushen

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    55 Greatest Old School Songs

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Disco Hits

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    Classic Soul

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    Old School R&B

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    R&B Deep Dive

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals

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    Chicano Old School

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    Disco Deep Dive

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    Janet Jackson: DNA


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