Patrice Rushen, Darek Oleszkiewicz & Ndugu Chancler – Piano, Bass and Drums


Patrice Rushen is a true American jazz treasure. She’s an amazing performer, educator, arranger, and composer. This disc was among the first recorded by AIX Records and remains a favorite.

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In the summer of 2001, Patrice Rushen, Darek Oleszkiewicz and Ndugu Chancler were part of one of AIX Records’ first recording sessions. Earlier that day we had recorded Paul Smith and Luis Conte and now it was Patrice’s turn. Her playing is incredible combining terrific technique with inspired lyricism and economy of thought. These tracks bring a more contemporary slant to the standard jazz trio concept and elevates both the dynamic range and energy…perfect for real HD-Audio production techniques.

Patrice Rushen has many ground-breaking achievements. She became the first woman to serve as head composer/musical director for the Grammy Awards and the Emmy Awards, and the first woman to serve as musical director for the NAACP Image Awards’ broadcast, an honor she held for twelve consecutive years. Additionally, Rushen has been the only woman to be a musical director/composer for the People’s Choice Awards, HBO’s Comic Relief and the only woman musical director/conductor/arranger for a late-night television talk show, The Midnight Hour.

In addition, Rushen was named musical director/composer for Newsweek’s first American Achievement Awards, broadcast on CBS from the Kennedy Center and she served as the musical director for Janet Jackson’s Janet World Tour.

In 2008, Rushen accepted a professorship at the Berklee College of Music, in Boston. The course is “Patrice Rushen: The Value of Music Education.”

She also continues to play keyboards and has played in the touring bands of Lee Ritenour and Wayne Shorter in recent years.She also continues to play keyboards and has played in the touring bands of Lee Ritenour and Wayne Shorter in recent years.

AIX Records’ premium DVD-Audio/Video have two sides. The first side in an interactive DVD-Video disc and the other side is a DVD-Audio disc [which requires a DVD-Audio capable machine to play it back].

The sound of this recording brings these incredible instrumentalists into your listening space. The HD-Audio surround mixes immerse you in the musical interplay with full range frequency response and dynamics.

Audio Samples:

  1. Mr. PC –
  2. Red Clay –
  3. Ocean Song –
  4. Like A Dream –
  5. Arrival –
  6. Shortie’s Portion –
  7. Simple Essence –
  8. Night In Tunisia –
  9. Variance –
  10. I Mean You –