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Walter Beasley – The Best Of Walter Beasley (The Affable Years Vol. 1)

Over the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade. As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, the Boston-based musician has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a contemporary jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education.

The Best Of Walter Beasley (The Affable Years Vol. 1) encompasses his period of creation on his own label Affable Records, his new time of artistry. This album is available on iTunes or on CDBaby.

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Walter Beasley – Blackstreams

According to his website, Walter Beasley was 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 suggestion is entitled Blackstreams and an EP.

You find the album under the topic contemporary jazz at CDBaby.

Walter Beasley – I’m Back

I'm BackOver the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade. As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, the Boston-based musician has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a contemporary jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education.

His new album is entitled I’m Back and is now on sale at CDBaby.

Walter Beasley – Sax Meditations II

Sax Meditations IIOver the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade. As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, the Boston-based musician has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a contemporary jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education.

A leading alto and soprano saxophonist and prominent vocalist all the same, Beasley is hailed by fans for his thrilling performances along the East Coast and throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. Notable performances include the all-star tour To Grover, With Love, performing alongside Chuck Loeb, Buddy Williams and Andy Snitzer and performing as the headlining act for the 2011 Playboy Jazz Festival.

As to the release of his latest CD/DVD project, “Live In The Club,” Beasley’s chart-topping single, “Groove In You,” debuted on the Groove Jazz Chart at #29, climbing to Top 20 on the Billboard/R&R Chart, Radiowave, SmoothJazz.com, & Mediabase, earning a spot in the Top 10 on the Indie Chart. Other notable works by Beasley include his self-titled albums, Sax Meditations and Live in the Groove, both released through his Affable Publishing, as well as Free Your Mind (Heads Up), whose presence earned Beasley the 2009 Jazz Awards, and Backatcha (Shanachie Entertainment / Affable), featuring his hot single, “Lovely Day.”

Friends of smooth jazz will enjoy his new project Sax Meditations II available at CDBaby.

Walter Beasley – Live in the Club

walterbeasley4Walter Beasley and his band perform live at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Massachusetts. This album commemorates a dear friend and fallen soldier, Webster Roach.

Song Titles:
1. Message to Mark/Free Your Mind
2. Let Go
3. Groove In You
4. Brother (The Band Feature)
5. Her Presence (Tribute to Webster Roach)
6. Rhea’s Song featuring Connor Jenks
7. Mister Magic (Go-go Style)

Meet The Band:
Walter Beasley – sax/vocals
Chad Selph – keys
Wayne Jones – guitar
Christopher “Biscuit” Bynum – drums
David Dyson (performs courtesy of Lohandfunk Records) – bass

Road Manager: Chris Lewis

Associate Producer: Amy Cuadra
Executive Producer: Walter Beasley

This special album is now on sale at CDBaby.

Walter Beasley – Backatcha!

According 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.

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Walter Beasley – Live – In the Groove

Walter Beasley found his roots in Grover Washington’s music. After more than 20 years at the forefront of smooth jazz he is established as one of the most prolific sax players of this genre. He put the base for his position by his work as teacher at Berklee College of Music.

“I was only planning on staying for a year or two, getting a record deal and then moving back to California,” comments Walter. “But once I saw musicians move an audience through the use of techniques that I showed them, I was a sucker for teaching. It was a joy. It moved me. At that point, I made a decision to learn as much about teaching as I could. It’s very important that I give something back and experience as many students as I can”.

“To know that I can play, sing, record, tour and teach – all on my own terms – is the greatest blessing one could ever ask for,” he says. “That’s where I am at this stage. It’s a great thing. There’s really nothing that I can say I want to do differently than what I’m doing right now.”

Graduated from Berklee College of Music in the early ‘80s, Walter took a teaching position on this college a year later. In 1987 he released his self-titled debut album on Polydor, followed by Just Kickin’ It (1989), Intimacy (1992) and Private Time (1995) on Mercury. After Walter Beasley Live and More (1996) on Affable Records and Life and More (1996) on Ignition he signed at Shanachie, where he released Tonight We Love (1997), For Your Pleasure (1998), Won’t You Let Me Love You (2000) and Rendezvous (2002). Go With The Flow (2003) was his interplay on N-Coded Music before he joined Heads Up International releasing For Her (2005), Ready For Love (2007) and in 2009 Free Your Mind. On his website he also offers Sax Meditations (2008) as downloadable music.

His newest album is entitled Live – In the Groove. This is Walter’s second live album since Live and More. It was recorded at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. Walter comments: “It’s a great record, and I think you would agree it’s a reflection of who I am, and I’m loving it!” For more information about this album read this interview.

Live – In the Groove is now available at CDBaby.

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