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Pizzazz (Remastered)
Artist
Patrice Rushen
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
STRUT222D
Release Date
September 30, 2022

Patrice Rushen’s all-time classic 1979 album for Elektra Records

This album marked another progression in Rushen’s solo career as she broke through with the huge club hit ‘Haven’t You Heard’ and also featured on her LP cover with her trademark braids for the first time courtesy of stylist Sibongile Bradley and top photographer Norman Seeff.

The album showcased Rushen’s famed talent for bringing the right musicians together, mixing more experienced players like drummer James Gadson and Bill Summers with younger talent including bassist Freddie Washington and drummer “Ndugu” Chancler. The tracks themselves were more spacious than on ‘Patrice’, released 18 months earlier. “It was the confidence of feeling that we didn't need quite as much in the arrangements,” Patrice explains, “and the times were also changing in terms of what we liked, what we danced to and the kind of grooves that people responded to. With ‘Pizzazz’, we had the advantage of a rapport with radio and black press, which were both very powerful at the time.”

Alongside ‘Haven’t You Heard’, the album features many tracks that have become fan favourites over the years - the upbeat, carefree single ‘Let The Music Take Me’, the sweet ballad ‘Settle For Me Love’ and a memorable duet with Roy Galloway, ‘Givin’ It Up Is Givin’ In’.

Strut’s expanded reissue of ‘Pizzazz’ is packaged in full original artwork and featuring loud cut bonus 12” versions of the album’s singles ‘Haven’t You Heard’ and ‘Let The Music Take Me’, alongside a previously unreleased instrumental version of ‘Givin’ It Up Is Givin’ Up’. Package includes rare photos by Bobby Holland and a new interview with Patrice Rushen. All tracks remastered from the original tapes by The Carvery.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Let the Music Take Me 6:51 Buy

    Let the Music Take Me

  2. 2 Keeping the Faith in Love 4:09 Buy

    Keeping the Faith in Love

  3. 3 Settle For My Love 5:17 Buy

    Settle For My Love

  4. 4 Message in the Music 3:02 Buy

    Message in the Music

  5. 5 Haven't You Heard 6:45 Buy

    Haven't You Heard

  6. 6 Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up 5:00 Buy

    Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up

  7. 7 Call On Me 6:48 Buy

    Call On Me

  8. 8 Message in the Music (Reprise) 0:58 Buy

    Message in the Music (Reprise)

  9. 9 Haven't You Heard (12 Version) 7:18 Buy

    Haven't You Heard (12 Version)

  10. 10 Let the Music Take Me (12 Version) 6:41 Buy

    Let the Music Take Me (12 Version)

  11. 11 Givin' It Up Is Givin' It Up (Instrumental Version) 5:00 Buy

    Givin' It Up Is Givin' It Up (Instrumental Version)

Track List

A.

  1. LET THE MUSIC TAKE ME
  2. KEEPIN’ FAITH IN LOVE
  3. SETTLE FOR MY LOVE
  4. MESSAGE IN THE MUSIC

B

  1. HAVEN’T YOU HEARD
  2. GIVIN’ IT UP IS GIVIN’ UP
  3. CALL ON ME
  4. REPRISE (Message In The Music)

C

  1. HAVEN’T YOU HEARD (12” version)

D

  1. LET THE MUSIC TAKE ME (12” version)
  2. GIVIN’ IT UP IS GIVIN’ UP (Instrumental version)

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