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Studio album by
ProducerReggie Andrews
Patrice Rushen chronology
Before the Dawn
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]

Prelusion was the debut album from jazz musician and later R & B recording artist Patrice Rushen. The first of three albums she would record with Prestige Records, the album was mainly Instrumental jazz which was her main focus as an artist before focusing on popular R & B recordings four years later after signing with Elektra Records. Released in 1974, the album showed great promise for Rushen in the Instrumental jazz genre with songs like "Haw-Right Now", "Shortie's Portion", and "Puttered Bopcorn".[3]

The album only leaves people to speculate on where her career in jazz might have gone had she not switched to R&B singing in 1978. In 1998, Prelusion was reissued along with Rushen's second album, Before the Dawn, on a single 77-minute CD; unfortunately, "Puttered Bopcorn" was deleted due to space limitations.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed and arranged by Patrice Rushen.

  1. "Shortie's Portion" - 8:42
  2. "7/73" - 12:42
  3. "Haw Right Now" - 8:00
  4. "Traverse" - 10:53
  5. "Puttered Bopcorn" - 4:15



  • Producer – Reggie Andrews
  • Recording Engineers – Eddie Harris and Skip Shimmin
  • Remixing – Skip Shimmin
  • Art Direction and Design – Phil Carroll
  • Photography – Bruce Talamon
  • Liner Notes – Gerald Wilson


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex (2011). "Prelusion - Patrice Rushen | AllMusic". Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 173. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Allmusic: Prelusion. Retrieved 12 June 2010.