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Patti Austin's honed vocal instrument (she's been singing since she was five) has nailed its share of hits, but not nearly enough for one of urban/soul/pop's better divas. Her clear, compelling soprano never gets tiring, even though she always keeps it in check. You don't get vocal aerobics from Austin á la Chaka Khan or Whitney Houston; you get a smoldering fire that's in a class of its own. Duets with Johnny Mathis, George Benson, and Cleve Francis (the rare African-American country singer) spice this concise 12-song best-of, which is orchestrated by a who who's list of producers, includingThom Bell and Rod Temperton. Revered among the urban jazz set, Patti Austin deserves a bigger piece of the pop pie as well.

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Not Quite an Ultimate Collection....

To take advantage of their holdings, GRP released this final Patti Austin project for their label. GRP used songs from other projects Patti appeared on during her GRP tenure, the duet with black country star Cleve Francis "We Fell In Love Anyway" and the soundtrack song "I'll Keep Your Dreams Alive" from the film "Freddie The Frog" with George Benson. Patti's out of print live set "Patti Austin Live" is featured not with a track from that set, but an outtake "The Girl Who Ued To Be Me," the studio version is from the film "Shirley Valentine" and the studio album "Love Is Gonna Getcha." The rest of her studio material brought together here, although not comprehensive, her recorded output for GRP including a remix, a single, and a studio ouutake, the opener "Hold Me" intended for Patti's last GRP album "That Secret Place" released in 1994. Because of the limited material here, this cd should have been called "Patti Austin, The Best Of Her GRP Recordings." The moniker "Ultimate" should have been saved for a cross licensed collection of her hits, as if that will ever happen.


Born: August 10, 1950 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A professional since the age of five, Patti Austin was a protégé of Dinah Washington and Sammy Davis, Jr. A 1969 single for United Artists titled "Family Tree" cracked the R&B Top 50. Austin cut her debut LP, End of a Rainbow, for Creed Taylor's CTI label in 1976, followed by Havana Candy in 1977 and Body Language in 1980. She sang lead vocals for Japanese koto player Yutaka Yokokura on "Love Light" in 1978, did a duet with Michael Jackson on "It's the Falling in Love" for Off the Wall, and sang...
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Patti Austin:The Ultimate Collection, Patti Austin
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Jun 06, 1995

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