For Your Pleasure

For Your Pleasure

by Walter BeasleyWalter Beasley


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Saxmen always seem intent on giving listeners a fair amount of pleasure, as Marion Meadows (Pleasure) and now Walter Beasley on For Your Pleasure demonstrate. Beasley -- who started his career in the '80s as an R&B singer and does a nifty quiet storm dance on "Do You Wanna Dance" -- commits to this concept in the most logical way possible; for two key tracks, he relies on the writing and trip-hoppy production expertise of Scot Rammer and Dino Esposito, who hit pay dirt with Paul Taylor last year on -- what else? -- Pleasure Seeker. On the title track, Beasley winds his swaying soprano melody over an odd meter, skittery percussion bed before going a little out and improvising just a bit. "From This Moment On" takes a similar route, only with more clicking and a deeper bass sound. Elsewhere, Beasley turns to labelmate/guitarist Chuck Loeb, who engages Beasley in a blues meets hip-hop playground on "If You Knew," restraining his own electric so the saxman can hit all the high notes without producer interference. Beasley pays tribute to his fallen comrade (and stylistic soul mate) George Howard with a spunky cover -- similarly arranged to Howard's version -- of the Jam/Lewis hit "Everything I Miss at Home." Like Meadows, Howard, and Taylor, Beasley knows how to hit the little adventure spots in the mix, turning even the simplest melodies into truly pleasurable listening experiences.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/1998
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351504821
catalogNumber: 5048
Rank: 79711

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Walter Beasley   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Dow Brain   Keyboards
Baron Browne   Bass
Ronald Jenkins   Bass
Chuck Loeb   Guitar,Keyboards
Brian Monroney   Guitar
Andrew Sherman   Keyboards
Jeff Lockhart   Guitar
Dino Esposito   Keyboards
Scot Rammer   Keyboards
Mike Ricchiuti   Keyboards
Karen Bell   Background Vocals
Tyrone Chase   Guitar
Yuri Camino   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Walter Beasley   Producer
Dow Brain   Producer
Baron Browne   Producer
David Cole   drum programming
Dave Grusin   Composer
Chuck Loeb   Arranger,Producer,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Phil Magnotti   Engineer
Andrew Sherman   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Steve Newman   Art Direction
Tom Waltz   Engineer
Brad Young   Producer
Dino Esposito   Producer,drum programming,MIDI
Scot Rammer   Producer,drum programming,MIDI
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer

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