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Street Player

Chaka Khan & Rufus

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By the time Street Player was released in July 1978, the disco era was in full swing and Rufus was poised to take full advantage. They hired the Gap Band’s drummer Moon Calhoun to provide the nimble-footed dance floor beats so beloved by the era’s audiences. Guitarist Tony Maiden takes a turn on lead vocals for the album’s two disco-charged jams, “Street Player” and “Change Your Ways.” Rufus was expert at mustering propulsive dance rhythms, but Street Player is notable for its jazz underpinnings. Besides the virtuosic noodling of “Finale,” check out the shape-shifting arrangements of “Blue Love” and “Destiny,” the latter of which is a sublime Latin-inflected orchestral piece that twirls around Chaka Khan’s lovely vocal like a shawl in the wind. This was Khan’s last album with Rufus before departing for a successful solo career, but she left her band with some sterling parting gifts. “Stranger to Love” is a gentle ballad that turns into a pop sing-along on the chorus, but the real gem is “Stay,” which epitomizes the soulful, sensual chemistry between Chaka and her band.

Customer Reviews

Street Player

This album brings back very happy memories of being a teenager in Denver in the 70's. I used to play this record all the time, especially at night. From the album's title song to my favorite BEST OF YOUR HEART this was Chaka Khan and Rufus at their best!!!

A Forgotten Treasure!

This is the best arranged album by Rufus & Chaka. She soars beautifully on Destiny and Stranger to Love. Chaka at her peak, at her very best. I have this on vinyl, now I greatfully have it on iTunes. If you like Chaka this is a must have!

Street Player

Chakka is fabulous, but Rufus was one hell of band. Always a fan, I always thought this was their best! I've been looking for it for a long time. Thanks ITunes.


Born: March 23, 1953 in Great Lakes, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known in the mainstream for her superb 1984 cover of Prince's "I Feel for You," R&B singer Chaka Khan enjoyed solo success as well as popularity as a member of the group Rufus. Born Yvette Marie Stevens in Great Lakes, IL, on March 23, 1953, she was raised on Chicago's South Side, and at the age of 11 formed her first group, the Crystalettes. While still in high school, she joined the Afro-Arts Theater, a group which toured with Motown great Mary Wells; a few years later, she adopted the...
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