Before the Dawn (Patrice Rushen album)

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Before the Dawn
Studio album by Patrice Rushen
Released 1975
Recorded August 1975
Studio Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
Genre Jazz
Length mm:ss
Label Prestige
Producer Reggie Andrews
Patrice Rushen chronology
Before the Dawn
Shout It Out
(1976)Shout It Out1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[1]

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.

Her next album was Shout It Out, which would be her last with Prestige Records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed and arranged by Patrice Rushen.

  1. "Kickin' Back"
  2. "Jubilation"
  3. "What's the Story"
  4. "Before the Dawn"
  5. "Razzia"



  1. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 173. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.