An excellent album from Chaka Khan, mixing tingling uptempo tunes with her characteristic soaring, glorious vocals. "Got to Be There" reached number five on the R&B charts, but it actually wasn't the album's high point. That was the marvelous "Be Bop Medley," which later led hardcore jazz purist Betty Carter to proclaim Khan the one female singer working outside the jazz arena with legitimate improvising credentials.
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AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn
feat: Rick James
Be Bop Medley: Hot House / East of Suez [Come on Sailor] / Epistrophy [I Wanna Play] / Yardbird Suite / Con Alma / Giant Steps