The Classic R&B Collection

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Walter Beasley's 2004 release The Classic R&B Collection makes his debt to smooth soul music crystal clear. It collects ten songs from his stay at Shanachie Records five from Tonight We Love, two from Won't You Let Me Love You, one each from Rendezvous and For Your Pleasure as well as one from Chuck Loeb's Listen that are drawn from such soul masters as Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly", Al Green "Let's Stay Together", Stevie Wonder "Visions", and the Temptations "My Girl". Beasley's versions match his sweet alto tone with heavily synthesized but pleasant smooth jazz backings that provide for an entirely inoffensive listen. It certainly won't make anyone forget the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Walter Beasley's 2004 release The Classic R&B Collection makes his debt to smooth soul music crystal clear. It collects ten songs from his stay at Shanachie Records five from Tonight We Love, two from Won't You Let Me Love You, one each from Rendezvous and For Your Pleasure as well as one from Chuck Loeb's Listen that are drawn from such soul masters as Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly", Al Green "Let's Stay Together", Stevie Wonder "Visions", and the Temptations "My Girl". Beasley's versions match his sweet alto tone with heavily synthesized but pleasant smooth jazz backings that provide for an entirely inoffensive listen. It certainly won't make anyone forget the originals, but it is good solid smooth jazz by one of the masters of the form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351511126
  • Catalog Number: 5111
  • Sales rank: 149,621

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walter Beasley Primary Artist, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Mann Horn
Kevin Barry Acoustic Guitar
Dow Brain Keyboards
Baron Browne Bass
David Cole Drums
Lawrence Feldman Horn
Ronald Jenkins Bass
Chuck Loeb Guitar
Larry Lunetta Horn
Jim Pugh Horn
Jeffrey Ramsey Background Vocals
Jim Hynes Horn
Andrew Sherman Keyboards
Craig Glanville Percussion, Vocals
Jetro Dasilva Keyboards
Jeff Lockhart Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Simmons Drums
Mike Ricchiuti Keyboards
Tyrone Chase Guitar
Yuri Camino Background Vocals
Larry McClellan Trombone
Brian Dunne Drums
Mark Johnson Keyboards
Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
Al Green Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Walter Beasley Arranger, Producer
Willie Mitchell Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Dow Brain Arranger, drum programming
Baron Browne Arranger
Linda Creed Composer
Bobby Eli Composer
Charles Fox Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Terry Lewis Composer
Chuck Loeb Producer
Rod Temperton Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Andrew Sherman Producer, drum programming
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
James Harris Composer
Ronald White Composer
Vinnie Barrett Composer
Mark Johnson Producer, drum programming
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