Free Your Mind

Free Your Mind

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by Walter Beasley
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
Label:
Heads Up
UPC:
0053361314729
catalogNumber:
3147
Rank:
82194

Tracks

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   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
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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Free Your Mind 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AvidTT More than 1 year ago
Beasley continues to be superb in the smooth jazz venue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago