Beasley is since two decades at the summit of smooth jazz. First
graduate of Berklee College of Music in the early 80's together with
classmates like Branford Marsalis and Rachelle Ferrell he is now teaching
at this school since more than 20 years. His first album was released
at Polydor, the next followed on Mercury and Shanachie. He and Kim
Waters were the leading artists on that label. When he left Shanachie
rumors said that he would finish his career and confine his activity
on teaching. Now he is back on Heads Up Records to the relief of all his
His debut album "For
Her" is following a special concept. "When I started making
this album, I had just started seeing somebody who was kind of
special, so I wanted to call the album For Her," Beasley recalls.
"The first song I wrote for this album, in fact, was the title
track. But then, halfway through making the record, the relationship
ended. But I still made songs based on what I was going through
emotionally. Then I met somebody else, and that's reflected in some of
the more lively and uptempo songs."
The first tune She's
All That has the immediately recognizable signature music of
Chuck Loeb. This gifted musician performs keyboards and guitar, while
Beasley adds his typical sax overdubbs.
The devotional For
Her is Beasley's expression to his lost love. The slowtempo and
romantical tune reveals not only the saxplayer but also the singer
was produced by Pieces of A Dream founding member James Lloyd who has
also a guest appearance performing his hip keyboard sounds.
Phil Davis a Grammy award winning
producer, has produced Good Morning. Al
Jarreau, Norman Brown, Boney James, Alex Bugnon, Walter Beasley and
many others are his clients. The long-awaited solo release from Phil
Davis titled "PHILosophy" will hopefully soon released.
Feelin'? is the second James Lloyd production on this album.
Written with ease played with passion.
Goodnight presents anew the singer Walter Beasley. One of the
rare musicians whose singing is equal to his instrumental skills.
The guitarist Tyrone Chase is a
longtime friend of Walter Beasley. Both shared many musical projects.
Tyrone has also performed on Beasley's previous albums. Remember
When was written by Tyrone, Walter and
I have a special
affinity to the clear keyboard sounds James Lloyd is playing on Grace.
These sounds are not new. On the contrary they are accompanying my
life since more than 15 years. James might be inspired by the music of
the 80's. Just timeless good.
has a structured funky melody. The keyboardist Dow Brain has produced
this song with a strong hand. Dow Brain is one of the well-asked
musicians playing all type of music from smooth jazz to garage.
A typical R&B
sound is to hear on Things
"Things change, win or lose, time goes on, nothing ever stays the
same." Hopefully the instrumental music will stay a little bit
is the final tune with a special hook composed and produced by Martin
debut album on Heads Up Records is not a change to his previous work.
Why should he change an approved style? Keep and preserve it.