to his website Walter Beasley is the highest selling full-time
Professor/Recording Artist in modern history. He describes himself as
musical "Renaissance Man" for the modern generation or the heir to
Grover Washington Jr.'s throne. Now we should be impressed.
Behind these titles you
find a man, who has devoted his life to music. A man, who walked
through ups and downs and has found his inner peace. Beasley's success
as an educator is his seven-day a week work ethic. "I'm in love with
my work and this wonderfully crazy work ethic." No wonder, that he
surprises us with
a new album nearly every year.
His new album is entitled Backatcha! and will be available Oct.
28, 2010. Walter comments: "There are no words to express how I feel
about the new album. This in my opinion is my best studio project
ever. Thanks to all for everything."
Walter Beasley is joined on this
project by multi-instrumentalist Chris Davis, who produced and
performed on most of the tracks, further musicians are Phil Davis
(keys), Sonny Emory (drums), Sam Sims (bass), Sean Michael Ray (bass),
Derrick Cummings (guitar), Carl Carter (bass), Wayne Bruce (guitar),
Tommy Copeland (guitar) and Tiffany Davis (background vocals).
The album could be entitled Under
The Covers, because Beasley like Peter White has made the covers
quasi to an art form. So he starts the album with Bill Withers's
megahit Lovely Day. A high appealing song showcasing Walter
Beasley in his best role as singer. As Walter says, the melody speaks
to you. Remember his early success as singer with Don't Say Goodbye
and he never loose this gift.
Catch the swiftness and
give her the groove, then you reach the Expressway. Right of
the kitchen of Chris "Big Dog" Davis, who produced a lot of good music
from Marion Meadows to Kim Waters. Legendary Isaac Hayes composed and
performed Ellie's Theme for the popular movie Shaft. Walter's
awesome rendition motivates me to listen to these timeless
Five Stairsteps' OOh Child was a huge hit. The impressing
melody justifies Walter's sensitive interpretation. Another R&B hit is
Smokey Robinson's Baby That's Backatcha, his first single in
his solo career after the depature from The Miracles. With his cover
Walter pays tribute to this great singer.
On Find Your Love
Walter Beasley catches up with contemporary R&B. Originally performed
by the Canadian singer Drake and released on May, 2010, the song
encompass modern elements like vocal processing with Antares'
auto-tune. The Stylistic's Hurry Up This Way Again is at first
performed by Tiffany Davis in a solid way, before Walter decided to
give his rendition some pepper.
Finally we arrived the
section of Walter's own compositions. Walter starts with The Call,
a lovely song with African flavored vocals. The emotional heartfelt
ballad Simply Put is a musical act of pure romantic. When
You Least Expect It, Walter chooses a hard beat to a slow and
stately melody. Finally he takes a jazzy twist and turn around.
offers soulful renditions and also music outside this comfort zone.
His audience will like both as part of Beasley's identity.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Walter Beasley
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment
01 Lovely Day [4:00]
02 Expressway [4:12]
03 Ellie's Theme [3:57]
04 Ooh Child [3:49]
05 Baby That's Backatcha [3:43]
06 Find Your Love [3:42]
07 Hurry Up This Way Again [4:41]
08 The Call [4:49]
09 Simply Put [4:31]
10 When You Least Expect It [4:42]
Free Your Mind
Ready For Love