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Won't You Let Me Love You
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
There are two ways to reflect upon the passing of loved ones. We can either go deep into melancholy over the death, or reach back and celebrate the joys of the lives just ended. Two of saxman Walter Beasley's grandparents ... more »
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There are two ways to reflect upon the passing of loved ones. We can either go deep into melancholy over the death, or reach back and celebrate the joys of the lives just ended. Two of saxman Walter Beasley's grandparents died while this album was being recorded, and Beasley thankfully chooses the wistful, optimistic route. While positive grooves abound, he's clearly got the past on his mind; "Babygirl" launches the disc with a dreamy, sensuous alto melody winding its way over a subtle retro-soul groove and the hypnotic wah-wah click of Jeff Lockhart. No doubt recalling a sweet moment in his younger years, Beasley presents a cover of the Stylistics' gentle "Sideshow" with a soprano line that pushes the boundaries of the familiar melody; he then breaks for a completely unique improvisation, as if reflecting on his youthful memory of the song while adding adult experience into the mix. With down-home acoustic guitar harmony by Kevin Barry, "Theresa" artfully blends a folk influence with straightforward rhythm and jazz, with more than a wink to Bob James's famous Taxi theme keeping the retro flavors going. A title like "Sleep Tight" might make us think sad thoughts, but Beasley actually soars his highest and comes up with his most playful improvisations here. He graces the title track--an important tune in his upbringing on the sax--with a nice enough vocal, but he uses the romance in his voice to greater effect on a thoughtful cover of Stevie Wonder's "Visions." The classic lyrics, optimistic in the face of harsh realities, float gently along a moody atmosphere before giving way to a reverberating guitar solo by Jeff Lockhart. --Jonathan Widran
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Myrtle Darden | Durham NC | 08/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was my first purchase of any of his music and oh what a winner! I kept hearing Walter's name on the Jazz station that I listen to and every time I heard a selection it was great. This CD is a winner. It travels from my car, to my house, to the gym, it goes everywhere with me. The music is so smooth and mellow that it just takes your mind off whatever. It has just enough rhythm to make your head bob and your body sway....very nice indeed!"
It Was Good Enough, I Bought A New CD Player
Patechie | Indianapolis, IN USA | 07/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was on a business trip to Washington DC and stopped in a music shop and this CD was playing. It was so mellow and smooth I had to buy it. As they played track after track I was more convinced that ever I had to have it. The store didn't have the cassette and since I'd only brought my cassette player, I bought a CD player they had on sale just to listen to this over and over. It was my first Walter Beasley, but it won't be my last."
Walter does it again!
Nancy E. Benedict-McGee | Hyde Park, MA United States | 07/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is great. I just received my amazon order and couldn't wait to listen. I played it two times in a row. The remakes are supurb. My favorite remake on the cd is Stevie Wonder's Visions. Jeff Lockhart's guitar solo is incredible. Other favorites are Sleep Tight, Tantam, and Babygirl. If you are a Walter Beasley fan like I am, or even if you are not, this is a must have for your smooth jazz collection."