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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Wayman Tisdale returns to the recording fold after a two-year break to issue another jazz-funk, groove-laden coaster with Way Up! The case of characters on this set is enormous, a few of the more prominent names include Jeff Lorber, Bob James, George Duke, Ricky Peterson, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Dave Koz and Mel Brown. Tisdale, as expected, plays "lead bass" on all tracks. His bass-playing, tuned way up high, feels more like an electric baritone guitar than anything else. He plays it like a lead guitarist who never, ever falls out of time. Check out "Let's Do It Again," or "Get Down on It," that also features Darren Rahn's saxophone sweetening things up quite a bit., ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Wayman Tisdale returns to the recording fold after a two-year break to issue another jazz-funk, groove-laden coaster with Way Up! The case of characters on this set is enormous, a few of the more prominent names include Jeff Lorber, Bob James, George Duke, Ricky Peterson, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Dave Koz and Mel Brown. Tisdale, as expected, plays "lead bass" on all tracks. His bass-playing, tuned way up high, feels more like an electric baritone guitar than anything else. He plays it like a lead guitarist who never, ever falls out of time. Check out "Let's Do It Again," or "Get Down on It," that also features Darren Rahn's saxophone sweetening things up quite a bit., and Brown's bass holding down the bottom end as Tisdale riffs it up. Lorber uses slippery programming and treated keyboards on the ballad "Shape of Your Heart," with a lovely solo by saxophonist by Donald Hayes. Tisdale's melodic sensibility is simple, but tasty too, and he employs it throughout here. His read of Sly Stone's "If You Want Me to Stay," would be heresy except that it contains fine keyboard work from Lorber, a great saxophone chart and solo by Whalum, and Tisdale's take on the melody is just gritty enough to get away with it, making it one of the set's finer cuts. Check "Sweet Dreams," with vocals by Eric Benet, and we have a neo-soul single in the making. George Duke's "Tell It Like It Is" is the baddest funk on the side, and the synth horns, brass, and the doubling of Duke's synth playing and Tisdale's gutbucket chops make it the winner on an album where there are no losers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Rendezvous
  • UPC: 881284511822
  • Catalog Number: 5118
  • Sales rank: 49,276

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Do It Again (4:03)
  2. 2 Get Down on It (4:18)
  3. 3 Shape of Your Heart (5:06)
  4. 4 Conversation Piece - Bob James (5:03)
  5. 5 If You Want Me to Stay (4:38)
  6. 6 Sweet Dreams (3:59)
  7. 7 It's a Good Day (4:15)
  8. 8 Tell It Like It Tis (4:52)
  9. 9 My Son (A Song for Bubba) (4:51)
  10. 10 Way Up (4:06)
  11. 11 Sunday's Best (6:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wayman Tisdale Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Various, Dialogue
Jonathan Butler Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
George Duke Keyboards, Spoken Word
Bob James Piano
Dave Koz Saxophone
Ricky Peterson Hammond Organ
Jeff Lorber Piano, Keyboards, Wurlitzer, Soloist, Mini Moog
Mel Brown Bass
Tom Braxton Saxophone
Lenny Castro Percussion
Ray Fuller Guitar
Tony Maiden Guitar
Peter Olstad Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Kirk Whalum Saxophone
Erik Zobler Spoken Word
Eric Dawkins Background Vocals, Piano (Grand)
Eric Benét Vocals
Rick Watford Guitar
Mike White Drums
Luther "Mano" Hanes Keyboards, keyboard bass
Darren Rahn Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Frank Selman Guitar
Technical Credits
George Duke Composer, Producer
Dave Koz Executive Producer
Jeff Lorber Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Mel Brown Engineer
Deodato Composer
Ronald Bell Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Hyman Katz Executive Producer
Robert "Spike" Mickens Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Wayman Tisdale Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Eric Dawkins Composer, Vocal Producer
Greg Ross Art Direction
Tracy Carter Composer, Audio Production
Frank Cody Executive Producer
Chris Godbey Engineer
Andrew Peterson grooming
Luther "Mano" Hanes Composer, Producer, drum programming
Jonathan Tedeschi Composer
Darren Rahn Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Thierry Migeotte Engineer
Jordan Stilwell Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Way Up like the title

    Wayman Tisdale is becoming one of a hell tour de force in smooth jazz arena.You can see how much he's growing up since his first album."Get Down On It","It's A Good Day","Way Up","Let's Do It Again","A Song For Bubba" are sensational."Conversation Piece" is a masterpiece.Boney James & Norman Brown are out of this World & I guess Wayman Tisdale is following very closely.Generally the album is Way Up.

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