Free Your Mind

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The frustrating thing about smooth jazz isn't an absence of talent or chops; actually, there are plenty of smooth jazz musicians who have chops galore even though their studio recordings don't reflect that. At smooth jazz concerts, it isn't hard to find artists who take a lot more chances on-stage than they do in the studio. But taking chances in the studio isn't conducive to airplay on commercial smooth jazz/NAC radio stations, which is why so many generic, unimaginative smooth jazz recordings have been flooding the market since the 1980s. However, not everything that Walter Beasley records is without merit -- and Free Your Mind does have its moments. When Beasley takes...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The frustrating thing about smooth jazz isn't an absence of talent or chops; actually, there are plenty of smooth jazz musicians who have chops galore even though their studio recordings don't reflect that. At smooth jazz concerts, it isn't hard to find artists who take a lot more chances on-stage than they do in the studio. But taking chances in the studio isn't conducive to airplay on commercial smooth jazz/NAC radio stations, which is why so many generic, unimaginative smooth jazz recordings have been flooding the market since the 1980s. However, not everything that Walter Beasley records is without merit -- and Free Your Mind does have its moments. When Beasley takes some chances on this early-2009 release, the listener catches glimpses of what he is capable of. The veteran saxman lets loose on "Shirlitta" (which boasts an addictive Afro-Cuban-minded groove) and the appealing, Brazilian-influenced "DukeZillia" (named after pianist/keyboardist George Duke, who has made some fine contributions to Brazilian jazz along the way). Beasley is obviously quite fond of Latin music, and the influence of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music is a plus on Free Your Mind. Also noteworthy is "Barack's Groove," which was written for Barack Obama and offers a bit of a Central African flavor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361314729
  • Catalog Number: 3147
  • Sales rank: 119,418

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Steady as She Goes (3:53)
  2. 2 Love Calls - Lynne Fiddmont (4:59)
  3. 3 Oh Yeah (4:10)
  4. 4 Message to Mark - Derek Cannon (6:05)
  5. 5 Shirlitta (4:15)
  6. 6 Free Your Mind (4:15)
  7. 7 Dukezillia (4:42)
  8. 8 Just Breathe (4:04)
  9. 9 Barack's Groove (3:49)
  10. 10 She Can't Help It (4:02)
  11. 11 Miss Minnie (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walter Beasley Primary Artist, Saxophone, Vocals
Phil Davis Keyboards
Bill McKinley Bass
Lynne Fiddmont Vocals, Background Vocals
James K. Lloyd Keyboards
Sean Michael Ray Bass, Bass Guitar
Sam Sims Bass, Bass Guitar
Derek Cannon Trumpet
Rick Watford Guitar
Jeff Lockhart Guitar
Randall Bowland Guitar
Craig Shaw Bass
John Roberts & Tony Barrand Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Walter Barnes & His Royal Creolians Bass
John Roberts Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
James Lloyd Keyboards
Rafael Pereira Percussion
Rafael Perrira Percussion
Jeff Lockart Guitar
Raymond McKinley Bass Guitar
Mark Strowbridge Guitar
Derek Cannon Trumpet
Craig Shaw Bass Guitar
Walter Barnes Bass Guitar
Webster Roach Bass Guitar
Tony Watson Jr. Saxophone
Technical Credits
Walter Beasley Composer, Producer, Author, Audio Production
Phil Davis Composer, drum programming, Audio Production
James K. Lloyd Composer, Programming, Producer
Dave Love Executive Producer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Robert Hoffman Art Direction
John Roberts & Tony Barrand Producer
John Roberts Composer
James Lloyd Programming, Audio Production
Kim L. Owens Composer
David "Pookie" Cole drum programming
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Walter Beasley @ his soulful best.

    Beasley continues to be superb in the smooth jazz venue.

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    Posted November 26, 2009

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