Before the Dawn (Patrice Rushen album)
|Before the Dawn|
|Studio album by Patrice Rushen|
|Studio||Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California|
|Patrice Rushen chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
Before the Dawn was the second album by jazz/R&B singer Patrice Rushen. While 1974's Prelusion was essentially a straight-ahead record with fusion references, 1975's Before the Dawn album was essentially a fusion album. With this album Rushen brings a fusion of R&B, pop, and rock elements to her jazz foundation.
The album included the song "What's the Story," which was the only song that did not have a jazz artist's sound; it has a more funk tune which features singer Josie James. This would later be compared with songs from her follow-up albums as it showed great resemblance to her work as an R&B singer with Elektra Records. Everything else on the album, however, is instrumental jazz — although instrumental jazz that is mindful of R&B, pop, and rock. The album was a clear step for Rushen as it showed her entrance to R&B music and exit from jazz music.
All tracks composed and arranged by Patrice Rushen.
- "Kickin' Back"
- "What's the Story"
- "Before the Dawn"
- Patrice Rushen – piano, synthesizer, clavinet, tambourine, cabasa
- Lee Ritenour – guitar
- Charles Meeks, Tony Dumas – bass
- Harvey Mason, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler – drums
- Hadley Caliman – tenor saxophone
- Oscar Brashear – flugelhorn, trumpet
- Hubert Laws – flute
- Kenneth Nash, Nate Alfred – percussion
- George Bohanon – trombone
- Josie James – vocals on "What's the Story"