Saxophonist, vocalist and educator Walter Beasley has spent nearly two decades wielding his combination of talents to build a compelling discography and international reputation.
With stand-out tracks like Barack’s Groove, DukeZillia and Message To Mark, Beasley’s upcoming release, Free Your Mind, is an effort to make sense of recent events – some global, some personal – that have changed his perspective on his own life in particular and the human experience in general.
“All I wanted to do with this record was accurately reflect the times and how I felt about them,” says Beasley. “I had been working so much in the past few years, and living this musical life so intensely, that I hadn’t taken the time to recognize the emotional impact of some things that had been happening in my life and in the world.”
For Beasley, the making of Free Your Mind has been a learning experience, not just musically but also emotionally. “This is a more mature piece of work than anything else I’ve ever recorded,” he says. “I’ve done some growing up, and this album is a reflection of that process.”
In addition to Beasley’s own compositions, Free Your Mind also includes the work of a number of guest songwriters, including Kem L. Owen and Pieces of a Dream keyboardist James Lloyd, who pens five of the album’s 11 tracks.
The latest installment in his growing body of work is set for release on January 27th. For more information on Walter Beasley you can visit his website, walterbeasley.com.
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