Rufusized is a brilliant album, surely one of the greatest ever recorded. The material is wonderfully supple and free, with constantly interesting harmonies and a fully-realised sound-world that seems to epitomise the era and its laid-back, life-affirming mood. The instrumental combinations and bass lines, the constant slight shifts in the rhythm and harmony, all create a universe that is completely absorbing and rejuvenating. As for Chaka Khan, she is amazing; right from her opening notes, plucked from the stratosphere in an improvisatory riff that seems to be saying 'here we go' - and we're strapped into some kind of rocket headed for a different atmosphere altogether, not just into the kind of Cadillac a lot of soul has to offer. The jazz inflections make this a much stranger, more unpredictable experience. Chaka's voice is one of the wonders of the modern world, it is so endlessly flexible and gliding around the notes and rhythms - she becomes the music, like a superbly malleable clay in the hands of an unseen creative force. The last two tracks, Please Pardon Me and Stop On By, are quite sublime. As if it were actually possible, the cover photo actually seems to capture some of the joy of this album - was there ever a more beautiful photo of a group of people caught in a moment of complete harmony without any formal set-up? And the back of the album has a photo of Chaka - printed inside the insert as well, where she kicks from an unmade bed - again, totally wonderful and in tune with the sublime music-making.