- Released: July 11, 2000
- Label: Shanachie
JazzTimes - 11/00, p.119
"...Captures funky, sparkling moods...featuring his cornered, blues-tinged melody....lifting Beasley to a new emotional plane..."
- 2.Comin' at Cha
- 5.Sleep Tight
- 6.Won't You Let Me Love You
- 8.I Wanna Know
- 9.Groove in You
Personnel: Walter Beasley (alto saxophone, saxophone, synthesizer); Michael Colina, Andrew Sherman, Phil Davis (keyboards, programming); Dow Brain (keyboards); Kevin Barry (acoustic guitar); Jeff Lockhart, Chuck Loeb, Tyrone Chase, Martin Estrada (guitar); Baron Browne, Chris Loftlin (bass); Ron Mahdi (acoustic bass); Mark Simmons (drums); Ricardo Monzon (percussion); Rhea Dummett, Tiffany Davis (background vocals).
Producers include: Walter Beasley, Dow Brian, Kavin Hoo, Andrew Sherman, Michael Colina.
Personnel: Walter Beasley (vocals, saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, bass synthesizer, background vocals); Jeff Lockhart (guitar, electric guitar); Chuck Loeb, Tyrone Chase (guitar); Kevin Barry (acoustic guitar); Michael Colina (keyboards, drum programming, percussion programming); Dow Brain, Andrew Sherman (keyboards, drum programming); Mark Simmons (drums); Ricardo Monzon (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Ken Freeman.
Recording information: Earthtones Studio, CA; Fluid Post Studio; PHD Studios, Austell, GA; Smokestone Studios, Mount Kisco, NY; Underground Studios; Waltz Audio; Waltz Audio, Boston, MA.
Photographer: Anthony Barboza.
Walter Beasley, the highly successful composer, saxophonist, and Berklee College of Music professor prepares you to fall in love all over again to smooth jazz favorites from his highly anticipated CD, Won't You Let Me Love You. This sensuous follow-up to Beasley's 1998 release, For Your Pleasure, is a combination of romantic ballads and original smooth jazz compositions that solidifies Beasley's place among the reigning smooth sax kings. This personal triumph for Beasley provides the listener with ten great mood-setting songs and includes covers ranging from Joe's urban hit "I Wanna Know" to Stevie Wonder's "Vision" and the Stylistics' "Side Show." Beasley voices his indelible signature on five original compositions and treats listeners to his splendid lead and background vocals on the title track. The opening track "Babygirl" is a funky, upbeat groove with lots of sexy, sultry sax lines that invite the listener to revel in the smooth tones that Beasley is giving off. "Sleep Tight," which features the great guitar stylings of Chuck Loeb, is highly enjoyable. Walter Beasley's sensitive and soulful delivery clearly elevates this CD to an extremely significant collection of creative concepts polished by his technical brilliance. ~ Paula Edelstein