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Walter Beasley: Live

Michael Manson

Boston resident and Berklee professor Walter Beasley undoubtedly felt comfortable performing live at this 1998 gig at Sculler’s with Tyrone Chase on guitar, Andrew Sherman on keyboards, Baron Browne on bass and Mark Simmons on drums. His fine studios CDs are all about crisp production and perfect sound, so it’s no surprise that Live is so satisfying. The music is as raw as you will ever hear Beasley on record, as live drumming and his extended sax solos are rare on record.

The CD isn’t the first time that Beasley’s live performances have been available. The saxophonist has also independently released a DVD, recorded at the same Boston venue, called Live at Sculler’s, and one called Live & More. Live is released on Beasley’s former record label-he’s now signed to Heads Up-as it wraps up its commitment to Beasley with this and a greatest-hits package.

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