Walter Beasley Records Song For Barack Obama

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.�