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One Live Night

by john Beasley

A fusion of ambient sound, samples and electronics with traditional jazz and blues.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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1. Introduction John Beasley
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2. Thorn of a White Rose John Beasley
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3. Gahala John Beasley
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4. Parapheralia John Beasley
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5. You Should Know John Beasley
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6. Altogether Marvelous John Beasley
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7. Less Mister Yes (pt.1) John Beasley
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8. Less Mister Yes (pt.2) John Beasley
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Los Angeles, July 5, 2005 --- Composer, producer, and pianist, John Beasley, releases his 6th album, One Night Live. Recorded live in July 2004 at the renown Baked Potato in Hollywood, Beasley posses the question "What happens when you fuse ambient sound, samples and electronics with traditional jazz and blues? Backed by drummer Gary Novak, [Chick Corea, Alanis Morisette] Bassists' Dave Carpenter [Herbbie Hancock, Alan Holdsworth] & Carlos Del Puerto [Kevin Ubanks, Chucho Valdez], along with "Tonight Show" Saxophonist Ralph Moore, [Roy Haynes, Kenny Baron] the result is a brilliant collage of texture, rhythm, soul and originality that suggests that Beasley has recast the familiar jazz quintet as the modern version of the untraditional.

Always in motion since he went on the road at the age of 18 with Sergio Mendes, Beasley's music and TV and Film credit lists reads like a who's who in the music world. Recruited by Jazz Icons, pop artists, record producers, TV studios, and film composers such as Miles Davis, Steely Dan, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Ron Fair, Queen Latifah, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow, Tom Newman, Dave Grusin, Beasley also manages to put out his own recordings. One Night Live is his follow up to Nuances an intimate collection of improvised pieces for piano.

Currently, Beasley is A&R producer for EWE after producing and arranging three records for Japanese mega jazz pop star Chie Ayado in two years and upcoming releases by Afro-Cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry and trumpet player Brian Lynch. He finds time to write in between his work with the most widely watched show on television, American Idol, as Associate Music Producer.


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Drummer Magazine - January 2007

Reminiscent of an updated Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. Definitely worth checki
DRUMMER Magazine gives ONE LIVE NIGHT 4 STARS

"Reminiscent of an updated Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. Definitely worth checking out."
Brent Keefe, Drummer Magazine - January 2007

DRUMMER
Issue 39 – January 2007

Review of John Beasley's "One Live Night"

Album rating: FOUR STARS

Beasley's credits list Fender Rhodes and CPU on his latest release, recorded live at LA's Baked Potato in 2004, and featuring the ubiquitous Dave Carpenter on electric bass alongside the incredible Gary Novak on drums and saxophonist Ralph Moore. The CPU credit pertains presumably to Beasley's use of samples and electronics, which are key to the album's sound - reminiscent of an updated Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. Definitely worth checking out.
Brent Keefe, Music Critic

Bassplayer Magazine - August 2006

"Altogether Marvelous."
BASSPLAYER Magazine Review of One Live Night
By Chris Jisi | August 2006

Veteran L.A. keyboardist/composer Beasley—who’s worked with Freddie Hubbard and Steely Dan, as well as on American Idol—turns heads and ears at the Baked Potato with his probing, two-bass quintet. Carlos Del Puerto locks it down all night on upright, while Dave Carpenter takes a guitar-like role on 6-string bass, with tasty comps, fills, and two Patitucci-esque solos. Both gents then team up for a massive ostinato on the aptly titled “Altogether Marvelous.”

Gina Vodegel

Labels aren't really relevant to John Beasley's new release. His music ranges fr
Labels aren't really relevant to John Beasley's new release. His music ranges from modern jazz to free improvisation and fusion, with a funk groove at times. As a musician/composer/arranger and producer he likes to work in various areas, whether it's producing American Idol or nailing down the sound for a less conspicuous project he's got going. Based in the Los Angeles area, he just as easily finds himself working amidst the East Coast mentality of New York or the hectic pace he encounters in Japan. The influences translate in his music.

One Live Night was recorded live at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles and it illustrates the vibes and grooves of musical minds and spirits meeting. You can hear the audience respond to exhilarating moments; you can feel the musicians communicate. There's an interesting gathering of friends and colleagues here, including tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, known for his work in Jay Leno's Tonight Show band and collaborations with established musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, and Freddie Hubbard. Drummer Gary Novak has toured with Alanis Morissette and worked with Chick Corea, Michael McDonald, and Maynard Ferguson; he learned his chops growing up in Chicago, the musical habitat of his father, pianist Larry Novak. Dave Carpenter, a renowned sideman to many in the music industry, takes care of the electric bass, while virtuoso bassist Carlos Del Puerto rules the acoustic instrument.

The first track, “Thorn of a White Rose,” features Ralph Moore as the perfect host introducing the others in this cast of musicians, building phrases circling the theme that lead to cleverly put “one liners” and exclamation marks on bass, keyboards, and drums. It's as if you can hear them tune into one another, blending the levels and grounds they're travelling as individual musicians while joining in this collective experience.

However, John Beasley's impressionistic signature and abstract nature reign, along with the funk and groove he also abides by with ease and intuition. His Fender Rhodes playing is tastefully lush on ”Gahala,” there's passion and rhythm in Wayne Shorter's “Parapheralia,” “You Should Know” alludes to scenes of life and conversations we've all experienced one way or another, and it's impossible to ignore the absolute groove in “Altogether Marvelous,” communicating a sense of desire and longing for days gone by. Ralph Moore sticks to his tune in “Less Mister Yes,” a composition that highlights Beasley's connection with the cinematic language of film. Part Two dares the listener to be taken away in this spiral of sound and vision.

One Live Night is a pleasant and interesting collection of different moods, meanings, skills, and colors. It provides room for individuality as well as group interaction. It's bass, beat, and Beas talking, turning listeners inwards—or outwards, when giving in to the real danceable tracks that hold a promise for the freakier among us. Get up, give in, dance, and completely lose yourself listening here! It's worth it.