by Wayman Tisdale
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When Wayman Tisdale was ten-years-old, he lay his hands for the first time on the two items which would eventually determine the dual nature of his life: a basketball and a six string guitar. Sports fans know where the first one led -- to a successful all-star career in the NBA where the 6'9" Tisdale totaled 5,000 rebounds and played for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. Smooth jazz enthusiasts who know nothing of his hoop life made his MoJazz albums Power Forward and In the Zone -- recorded during his off-seasons in 1995 and 1996 -- Top Ten hits on the Billboard chart. While those titles gave the impression of an athlete dabbling in a side career, his Atlantic debut Decisions -- recorded as he hung up his Air Jordans after 12 years on the court -- gets down to more serious business. Playing the bass isn't just a hobby anymore. If the guest list at Tisdale's coming out party is any indication, earning the respect of his peers can be crossed off the worry list. Keyboardist Brian Culbertson, for one, proves a melodic soulmate, matching his high ivory tones note for note with Tisdale's plucky, lower register melody on "Breakfast with Tiffany," a bouncy tune that shows Tisdale's remarkable smooth jazz radio savvy. On "Ain't No Lovin'," Tisdale takes the melodic lead with both bass and airy vocals over the subtle intertwining double keyboards of Culbertson (simulating the Rhodes) and Jerome Harmon (Hammond B-3). Tisdale also takes genre stars Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Everette Harp, Marcus Miller and Marc Antoine downcourt for a little one on one. "The Wiz" does some stylish little double dribbling on a call and response with Albright's sax on "Bass Man" after Albright dances around Brown's crisp, Wesbound licks. Harp's soft soprano melody blends smoothly with Tisdale and Antoine's laid-back acoustic on "Fell in Love," and Antoine challenges the leader to pick up the steel string acoustic and play gingerbread man after the Frenchman's skittery nylon strings on the Latin-flavored "Mexicoco."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/1998
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678312922
catalogNumber: 83129

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wayman Tisdale   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Chuckii Booker   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Brian Culbertson   Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Jerry Harris   Guitar,Strings,Keyboards
Marcus Miller   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Brian Monroney   Guitar
Marc Antoine   Guitar
Bobby Gonzales   Guitar,Keyboards
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Keyboards
Trecina Atkins   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lalah Hathaway   Vocal Arrangements
Chuckii Booker   Vocal Arrangements
Jerry Harris   Programming
George Nauful   Producer,Executive Producer
Steve Sykes   Remixing
Wayman Tisdale   Producer
Bobby Gonzales   Producer
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Programming
Lynn Kowalewski   Art Direction
Robert Tauro   Executive Producer
Dino Esposito   Producer,drum programming,MIDI Programming
Scot Rammer   Producer,drum programming,MIDI Programming
Eddie King   Remixing
Jeff Harris   Engineer,Remixing

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Decisions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wayman has introduced the world to his hidden talent. Laila Hathaway and Chucki Booker add their talents to create a wonderful CD. This is by far his best work yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago