The Classic R&B Collection

The Classic R&B Collection

by Walter BeasleyWalter Beasley


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351511126
catalogNumber: 5111
Rank: 47155

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
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   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
Vinnie Barrett   Composer
Mark Johnson   Producer,drum programming

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