Patrice Rushen – Remind Me: The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978 – 1984 – Strut Records

I guess the first thing that strikes you about Patrice Rushen, apart from the beautiful quality of her voice, is the sheer range and depth of music she marries together into a distinctive style. This compilation of gems from the Elektra era begins with the Jazz-Funk sunshine of Music Of The Earth and continues via the Brazilian flavours of Let’s Sing A Song Of Love. The melodies are rich and plentiful while music is note perfect, first-class. Try the liquid heaven of Remind Me. The Disco classics included are by now transcending time as we speak with piano and bass combinations of Haven’t You Heard sounding every bit as exhilarating. Forget Me Nots is still beautiful (of course). While, Number One has that turn me up quality to it, feeling sassy across several minutes of heart-stopping funkiness. By the time drum machine generated sounds provided the backing for the vocalist the course of music had moved on, but not before the completing number To Each His Own demonstrates the sublime, earthy essence which only great singers have. And it’s here in abundance.

Release: July 19

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