Episode #74 – Women’s History Month – Patrice Rushen
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The Funk Excursion celebrates Women’s History Month with a tribute to one of music’s Funkiest Females- Patrice Rushen!
With a career spanning over 40 years, and 7 top 40 R&B albums, 5 top 10 R&B hits, and 1 top 10 Pop song to her credit, Patrice Rushen is considered one of the most durable artists of the her era. Her album, ‘Straight From the Heart’, is among the 200 best albums of the 80s.
Patrice was a child prodigy, playing the piano at three years old. She was signed to the Prestige label at the age of 20, and recorded with the likes of Joe Henderson, Lee Ritenour, Al McKay, Donald Byrd, just to name a few. Her recording career spans Jazz, Funk, R&B, and Pop. A multi-Grammy nominated artist, Patrice transitioned from a recording a solo career to film/tv composer, and is credited in over 24 productions. She was the first woman in 43 years to serve as musical director the Emmy Awards, the first woman MD for the Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Awards, and the ONLY woman to act as MD for a late night talk show, and the Peoples Choice Awards.
It was tough, but I think I’ve selected the tracks that best represent her tremendous range, depth, development and overall appeal as musician, composer, arranger and popular artist. Look up and Enjoy!!
|Patrice Rushen||Puttered Bopcorn||Prelusion||1974|
|Patrice Rushen||Razzia||Before the Dawn||1975|
|Patrice Rushen||Shout It Out||Shout it Out||1976|
|Donald Byrd||Science Funktion||Caricatures||1976|
|Patrice Rushen||Hang It Up||Patrice||1978|
|Patrice Rushen||Music Of The Earth||Patrice||1978|
|Patrice Rushen||Haven’t You Heard||Pizzazz||1979|
|Patrice Rushen||Settle For My Love||Pizzazz||1979|
|Patrice Rushen||Look Up||Posh||1980|
|Patrice Rushen||Never Gonna Give You Up (Won’t Let You Be)||Posh||1980|
|Patrice Rushen||Forget Me Nots||Straight From the Heart||1982|
|Patrice Rushen||Number One (12″ Version)||Straight From the Heart||1982|
|Patrice Rushen||I Was Tired Of Being Alone||Straight From the Heart||1982|
|Patrice Rushen||To Each His Own||Now||1984|
|Patrice Rushen||Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go)||Now||1984|
|Patrice Rushen||Come Back To Me||Watch Out||1986|
|Patrice Rushen||Groove, Now And Then||The Meeting||1990|