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updated 07/23/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/23/1984 01:00AM

Patrice Rushen

As a singer Rushen possesses a delicate touch reminiscent of Diana Ross at her sensual best. As an instrumentalist Rushen plays piano and keyboards with a sense of jazz phrasing and imagination that reflect her experience as a sidewoman with people like Donald Byrd and Hubert Laws. All of which makes it disappointing that so much of this album is laden with monotonous, lazily presented music. It's like spending 48 minutes fanning an ember, waiting for it to burst into flame. Rushen wrote most of the music with a variety of collaborators, none of whose lyrics rise very far above the lines Rushen and Fred Washington wrote for Get Off (You Fascinate Me): "You fascinate me when you do/The things you do, your stuff/ You fascinate me when you move/You're just too tough." While Get Off does have some disco-ish flash, most of the material is as dull as if the whole project had been turned out at 29 rpm. (Elektra)

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