CD Signature [Patrice Rushen] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 1152780),
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Signature [Patrice Rushen] [CD] [1 disc]


  • 1. Almost Home
    2. Days Gone By
    3. Sweetest Taboo
    4. Sneaky Pete
    5. Softly
    6. Hurry Up This Way Again
    7. Esprit de Joie, L' (The Spirit of Joy) :: The Spirit Of Joy
    8. Wise Ol' Souls
    9. Oneness
    10. Arrival
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7065

  • Credits
    ProducerPatrice Rushen
    EngineerF. Byron Clark

    Personnel: Patrice Rushen (vocals, piano, bottle, keyboards); Jeff Ramsey (vocals); Doc Powell, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Gary Bias (soprano saxophone); Gerald Albright (alto saxophone); Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone); Ray Brown (trumpet); "Ready" Fredie Washington, Neil Stubenhaus (bass); Ndugu Chancler, Alvino Bennett (drums); Munyungo Jackson, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
    Recorded at Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, California.
    All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
    SIGNATURE was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
    It seems a paradox to peg the singular transcendental moment of Patrice Rushen's very contemporary Signature as the one tune where acoustic jazz sensibilities take over. But without the kick starting impact of "L'Esprit De Joie," a perfectly titled free for all featuring Gerald Albright's roaring alto and real ivories instead of keyboards, this would be simply another typical -- albeit well performed -- slickly produced radio ready affair. The first three original tracks blow by mid-tempo and cool, but offer little rhythmically to distinguish one from the other. Based on "L'Esprit..," however, one could almost make a case for abolishing electronics on this project altogether, but Rushen's lively runs on the final few tracks also eclipse the laid back, humdrum qualities of the early parts of the disc. Sort of like bland wine and cheese -- given no further pep by a by the numbers take on Sade's "Sweetest Taboo" -- before a spicy main course. Once she taps into her traditional roots, she seems comfortable applying those deeper chops to more modern grooves. The getting there takes far too long. ~ Jonathan Widran

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