First View


Walter 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 fans.

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 Beasley.

Coolness 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.

What Ya' Feelin'? is the second James Lloyd production on this album. Written with ease played with passion.

Don't Say 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 Dow Brain.

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.

Let's Ride 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 Change. "Things change, win or lose, time goes on, nothing ever stays the same." Hopefully the instrumental music will stay a little bit longer.

Playtime is the final tune with a special hook composed and produced by Martin Waters.

Walter Beasley's 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.