Way Up!

Way Up!

by Wayman Tisdale
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Way Up!

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2006
Label: Rendezvous
UPC: 0881284511822
catalogNumber: 5118
Rank: 63243

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
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
Mel Brown   Bass

Technical Credits

George Duke   Composer,Producer
Dave Koz   Executive Producer
Jeff Lorber   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Deodato   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
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
Mel Brown   Engineer

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Way Up! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.