PATRICE RUSHEN - PRELUSION
Patrice Rushen for Prestige from 1974.
A fantastic bit of hard fusion from Patrice before she started warbling and going for the commercial market featuring Joe Henderson on Tenor-Highly Recommended.Here's Kirk DeGiorgio's take on it from his excellent Hall Of Fame.
Barely out of her teens - keyboardist Patrice Rushen started a trio of great albums for Prestige: Prelusion, Before the Dawn and Shout It Out in 1974 with guest Joe Henderson on tenor sax. Whilst the majority of side two veers into hard Headhunters style jazz/funk its the whole of side one that captures the attention. Both tracks are written by Rushen who plays acoustic and electric pianos as well as clavinet and ARP synthesisers. Both arrangements are lengthy, almost movie soundtrack in feel with excellent horn arrangements.
And here's Dusty Groove's review:
A great set from Patrice Rushen -- very different than her later R&B work from the 80s! The record's her first, and at the time, Patrice was much more of a jazz artist -- working here with a cool west coast set of players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Hadley Caliman on alto and soprano, and Oscar Brashear on trumpet), playing a range of keyboards, from acoustic and electric piano, to ARP, and clavinet. The tracks are long, and have a wonderfully composed soul jazz vibe -- feeling a heck of a lot like work on labels like Strata East, deeply dipping into a soulful bag that's solid and real, with no fakery or tricks to make the mood happen.
Ripped @320 from the Japanese cd reissue from 1993.