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Prelusion/Before the Dawn

Prelusion/Before the Dawn

by Patrice Rushen Patrice Rushen
Prelusion/Before the Dawn

Prelusion/Before the Dawn

by Patrice Rushen Patrice Rushen




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&B-ish 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 high point of Patrice Rushen's erratic career.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/1998
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0025218520720
catalogNumber: 24207
Rank: 59173


  1. Shortie's Portion
  2. 7/73
  3. Haw Right Now
  4. Traverse
  5. Kickin' Back
  6. What's The Story
  7. Jubilation
  8. Before The Dawn
  9. Razzia

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patrice Rushen   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Tambourine,Hand Clapping,Cabasa
Hadley Caliman   Flute,Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Hubert Laws   Flute,Alto Flute
Kenneth Nash   Percussion
Reggie Andrews   Hand Clapping
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Tony Dumas   Bass
Josie James   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Harvey Mason   Drums
Charles Meeks   Bass,Hand Clapping
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Brenda White   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Patrice Rushen   Arranger
Eddie Harris   Engineer
Reggie Andrews   Producer
Skip Shimmin   Engineer,Remixing
Zan Stewart   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction

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