RICHARD J. THOMAS | Gwent United Kingdom | 03/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After Patrice's earlier successes with the out-and-out jazz releases "Prelusion" & "Before The Dawn", her third and final Prestige release was the funkier, more vocal "Shout It Out" in 1977. This release featured the beautiful "Let Your Heart Be Free", which was an indicator for things to come on this, her first Elektra release from 1978.
This is a wonderful release from start to finish.
A truly lovely singer, all the songs on this release are backed with some astounding musicians, the main musician being Patrice herself on an array of instruments.
As with all Patrice's releases, it is the quality of HER musicianship, HER songwriting and HER arrangements that lift her releases above most others of this ilk.
Songs such as "Music Of The Earth" featuring great percussion and horns, ooze such quality that it is difficult in 2005 to think of anyone that was single-handedly producing such beautifully crafted funk in 1978.
This is a refreshing release which has aged well. Every track on this is a delight, ranging from heartfelt and beautifully arranged ballads such as "When I Found You" and "Didn't You Know" to out-and-out jazz-funk jams such as the keyboard led "Let's Sing A Song Of Love" and "Play!".
Patrice was and still is a vastly underrated world class talent.
For those of us in the know, we are fortunate enough to have had music such as this for a quarter of a century.
Patrice..........play on! You are one of jazz music's pioneers, one of soul music's innovators and one of the, if not the finest musicians I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
Capital One Platimun | 09/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"She sounds like a singing bird. I believe this is her first project. Again, she has an amazing sound and she is an brilliant, brilliant musician too. Check this item out if you haven't heard it before and you are a fan of Ms. Patrice Rushen."