Saxophonist Walter Beasley, who has already officially supported presidential candidate Barack Obama on his website, is now the first major smooth jazz artist to include a song for Obama on a CD. Beasley’s “Free Your Mind,” which is due in January on Heads Up, features a tune called “Barack’s Groove” that was written and produced by Phil Davis.
The song is one of 11 new ones on the CD, which is Beasley’s follow-up to Ready for Love, which included the No. 1 song of the same name. New songs include a tribute to George Duke called “DukeZillia,” as well as a tribute to the late trumpeter and vocalist Mark Ledford from the Pat Metheny Group called “Message to Mark.”Posted by Brian Soergel at October 24, 2008 10:39 PM