Patrice Rushen is a lady who crosses music genres as easily as crossing a street! As well as being an excellent composer/arranger, she sings, plays piano, clarinet, flute and percussion. And when she’s not doing any of the above, she is producing or teaching. She also plays piano for Wayne Shorter and Lee Ritenour when they tour.
Forget Me Nots (Patrice Rushen, Teri McFadden, Freddie Washington) is an extreme one-off; I haven’t heard anything from her quite like it before or since; actually, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it ever! Its funk as well as its simplicity gouges, snarls and absolutely has your ears clapping. Freddie Washington‘s bass line does not quit and Gerald Albright‘s saxophone solo adds a very classic/classy touch. When Men In Black, the movie came out, I was floored when I heard Will Smith rapping over that marvelous Forget Me Nots’ bed.
Listen now, to a tune that takes no prisoners, under Patrice Rushen‘s superb performance and production.
Personnel As Determined: Patrice Rushen vocal, keyboards; Paul M Jackson Jr guitar; Gerald “Wonderfunk” Albright tenor sax; Freddy “Ready” Washington bass; Ollie Brown drums; Paulinho Da Costa percussion.
Now, listen to Will Smith‘s Men In Black (Will Smith/Patrice Rushen/Terry McFadden/Fred Washington)…
As far as the creative side of my musical persona is concerned, I am the sum total of what I have experienced musically. The emotion, the energy and the memories of music collected in my ear have shaped who I am as a composer, player and dreamer.