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Album Review

Released in 2007, The Very Best of Wayman Tisdale compiled tracks from the jazz bassist's early records for the MoJazz division of Motown. In the aftermath of Tisdale's untimely death from cancer in 2009, The Wayman Tisdale Story follows up, skipping over the musician's two-album sojourn at Atlantic (Decisions, Face to Face) and gathering material from his later albums such as Hang Time, Way Up!, and Rebound. Tisdale used his bass guitar as a lead instrument rather than merely a timekeeper, so that his playing was more like a regular guitar lead, just set to a lower register. His typical approach to smooth jazz is reflected in such tracks as "Rebound," which finds him intertwining with Dave Koz's horn. But such efforts turn out to be less interesting than the outliers included on this compilation, notably "It's Alright" from Tisdale's gospel sojourn, Presents 21 Days, which mixes an acoustic guitar with a vocal harmony group, and the two selections from the posthumously released The Fonk Record, "The Introduction" and "Let's Ride," both of which find Tisdale re-creating the sound of Parliament/Funkadelic. His affection for late-‘60s/early-‘70s R&B/funk is never in doubt, though, with tracks like "Tell It Like It TIS" and "Ready to Hang" indulging in jazz fusion and allowing the bassist to make like Larry Graham from Sly & the Family Stone. His tragic end is given a sincere, if sentimental reflection from Toby Keith in the album's ballad closer, "Cryin' for Me (Wayman's Song)," but he is better remembered by some of the livelier playing on this representative sampling of his work.

Customer Reviews

What a talent

Im a big country music fan, but my library of music contain many hundreds of discs from many genres...including penty of jazz. WT was such a tremendous talent. He and his "backward bass guitar" made beautiful music together.
Toby Keith and WT were best friends. The song Crying For Me was released last year on Tobys 2nd last CD, and was a big hit in country.

Music knows no boundaries when it comes to a great story, a grat melody, and great musician and a great human being.


PS....check out Toby and Tis covering NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP. Outstanding!!

The Wayman Tisdale Story

Great album! Who is singing on "It"s Alright"?

Very Nice

As a huge fan of Wayman Tisdale I was really hurt when he died. I have everything he ever recorded and although this is a nice compilation of songs, this mix could be better. Either way you can't go wrong buying this CD if you just want a taste of Wayman's talent. To get the true sense of how good Wayman was, I'd just buy any of his CD's. I had no idea that Toby Keith was his best friend and that he sang lead on "Never Gonna Give You Up" on Wayman's Rebound CD.


Born: June 9, 1964 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Most athletes who moved into the recording business during the '90s found rap to be their forte, but Wayman Tisdale shifted the field to contemporary jazz with his 1995 debut album, Power Forward, recorded for the Motown subsidiary MoJazz. A 1984 Olympic gold medalist in basketball, All-American at the University of Oklahoma, and member of the Phoenix Suns, Tisdale plays bass in his Fifth Quarter Band. He signed with MoJazz in 1995, releasing Power Forward later that year. By 1996, his second album,...
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