Straight from the Heart

Straight from the Heart

by Patrice Rushen
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Straight from the Heart

An early-'80s jazz-pop-R&B synthesis as durable and pleasing as any other, Straight from the Heart was Patrice Rushen's most successful album, at least from a sales standpoint: it peaked at number 14 on the pop chart, 25 slots higher than 1980's Pizzazz. Still working with a core group of associates -- including Freddie Washington, Charles Mims, Paul M. Jackson, and Marlo Henderson (along with a still young Gerald Albright) -- that went back to her earlier Elektra albums, the material here is as slick as ever, but not at the expense of lighter rhythms or less memorable melodies. Much of the album's popularity can be attributed to the club hit "Forget Me Nots," Rushen's most-known single -- a breezy, buoyant mixture of handclaps, fingersnaps, twisting bass, and Rushen's typically blissful (and not overplayed) electric piano, not to mention the incorporation of a bad bass-and-percussion breakdown. (If you were born after the mid-'70s or so, you'd be more likely to recognize the song as the basis of Will Smith's "Men in Black.") Beyond a forgettable ballad or two, the only disappointment is the Brenda Russell collaboration on "Breakout!," where rock affectations (gnarling electric guitar, grimacing vocal tactics that suit neither Rushen nor Russell) damage what could've been a bigger hit. "Remind Me," despite not being released as a single, is a sweet and low-slung groove that has been sampled and interpolated by no less than a dozen significant rap and R&B songs -- including Faith Evans' "Fallin' in Love," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Unbelievable," MoKenStef's "He's Mine," and Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s "I Need You Tonight." But it's not like anything about this album requires that kind of validation. [Rhino's 1996 reissue adds the 12" versions of all three singles, including seven very replayable minutes of "Forget Me Nots," as well as two single edits.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/1996
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227350826
catalogNumber: 73508

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patrice Rushen   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping
Brenda Russell   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Ollie E. Brown   Drums
Ray Brown   Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Lynn Davis   Vocals
James Gadson   Drums
Roy Galloway   Vocals
Jeanette Hawes   Vocals
Melvin Webb   Drums
Charles Mims   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Clay Lawry   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Karen Evans   Vocals

Technical Credits

Patrice Rushen   Producer,Contributor,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Peter Chaikin   Engineer
F. Byron Clark   Remixing
Roy Galloway   Vocal Arrangements
Charles Mims   Producer,Horn Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Lloyd Hardy   Liner Notes
Sevie Bates   Reissue Design
Ron Coro   Art Direction
Philip Moores   Remixing

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Straight from the Heart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her music has been sampled among the best artists of the day, including Will Smith and maybe others, but she is an original. Patrice Rushen is a purist of music, she writes and she plays most instruments. Here piano skills will amaze you and she's usually behind the scenes at most major music award shows. But this album of music is a must for your collection. I remember this one back in the early 8o's and I've been a fan ever since. One listen and you'll be hooked! Enjoy!