Pizzazz

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For the 1970s magazine published by Marvel Comics, see Pizzazz (magazine).
Pizzazz
Studio album by Patrice Rushen
Released October 23, 1979
Recorded 1978-1979 at Conway Recording, Hollywood, California
Genre R&B
Length 38:44
Label Elektra
Producer Charles Mims, Jr., Patrice Rushen and Reggie Andrews
Patrice Rushen chronology
Patrice
(1978)
Pizzazz
(1979)
Posh
(1980)

Pizzazz is the fifth album by American singer Patrice Rushen.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

While she was attacked for leaving the jazz genre, Rushen was able to get a good fan base with R&B/Pop audience. Rushen's profile in the R&B world continued to increase with Pizzazz, her second album for Elektra Records and fifth overall.

Pizzazz was her second highest charting album, reaching #39 in 1979. It features the hit single "Haven't You Heard". The single soared to the top of R&B radio play lists and is among Rushen's biggest hits.

With this album Patrice drew on such influences as Earth, Wind & Fire, Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder, and the Emotions. Rushen was able get the R&B lover's attention with songs such as the funky opener "Let the Music Take Me," the soulful ballad "Settle for My Love," and the perky "Keepin' Faith in Love." Pizzazz received plenty of verbals attacks from jazz critics accused Rushen as a traitor, but from an R&B/Pop perspective, the album is considered one of Rushen's most rewarding and essential albums.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Let The Music Take Me" (Patrice Rushen, Sheree Brown) - 6:51
  2. "Keepin' Faith In Love" (Patrice Rushen, Angela Rushen) - 4:08
  3. "Settle for My Love" (Patrice Rushen, Freddie Washington, Sheree Brown) - 5:15
  4. "Message In The Music" (Patrice Rushen) - 3:01
  5. "Haven't You Heard" (Patrice Rushen, Charles Mims Jr., Washington, Sheree Brown) - 6:45
  6. "Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up" (Patrice Rushen, Freddie Washington, Angela Rushen) - 4:59
  7. "Call On Me" (Patrice Rushen, Angela Rushen, Sheree Brown) - 6:48
  8. "Reprise" (Patrice Rushen) - 0:57

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[2] 39
Billboard Top Soul Albums[2] 11
Billboard Top Jazz Albums[2] 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[3]
US
Pop
US
R&B
US
Dance
1980 "Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up" - 47 -
"Haven't You Heard" 42 7 5
"Let The Music Take Me" - 50 -


External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. Patrice Rushen: Pizzazz > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 04 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Patrice Rushen US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Patrice Rushen US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03.