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Wayman TISDALE – Rebound 2008

Posted in JAZZ, Wayman TISDALE on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Wayman TISDALE – Rebound 2008


Wayman Tisdale, a former Phoenix Suns forward and 12-year NBA veteran, has traded in his hi-tops and hoops jersey for a life in recording studios and smokey jazz clubs.
With jazz, particularly concerning the legendary scrutiny among bass players, if you don’t have what it takes to play with the big boys, you get sent back to the minors. Overproduction or hired studio guns can’t cover your back if you can’t play the instrument and win over a crowd. Wayman’s seriousness, deep musical ability and direction have placed him far above any other sports star turned musician.
He has performed with some of the most beloved artists in contemporary music, including Steven Tyler, Run-DMC, Dave Koz, Sammy Hagar, Toby Keith, Al Jarreau and David Sanborn.
He is at the top of his game on “Rebound”.
After recovering from a serious illness last year, Tisdale set about filling the aptly-named “Rebound”, with joyful, laid-back grooves anchored by Tisdale’s funky and melodic bass leads.
He calls on a veritable treasure trove of guests (Brian Simpson (keybords), Dave Koz (saxophone), gospel legend Marvin Sapp et al) for this fine Smooth Jazz set including country giant Toby Keith on a remake of Barry White’s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”.
Grooves are the order of the day on cuts like the Gap Band’s Robert Wilson “Watch Me Play Again”, the soulful “Throwin’ It Down” and the closer “Grateful” – with Marvin Sapp, who adds his mellow Soul/RnB tones – which also may speak implicitly to Tisdale’s resolve to overcome his illness and get back to plucking his bass.
In few words, this album is Wayman’s soulful, personal journey through jazz, funk and his own gospel roots.
Excellent performaces.
By Micki Zackary.
Tulsa native and former NBA star Wayman Tisdale returns to the spotlight with his eighth release, “Rebound,” featuring joyful, laid-back grooves anchored by melodic bass guitar leads. Housed for some time on the Rendezvous Entertainment label, Tisdale shares the platform with other jazz greats such as Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Patti Austin, Tom Braxton, Kirk Whalum and Brian Simpson.

“Rebound” is Tisdale’s personal testimony of recovery following a bone cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy treatment last year. With a renewed perspective, he enlists the help of friends — award-winning gospel artist Marvin Sapp, keyboardist Simpson, saxophonist Koz and fellow Oklahoman and country great Toby Keith — to take listeners on a musical journey. And what a journey it is.

Tracks such as “Throwin’ It Down” (featuring Darren Rahn) and “One on One” announce the former hoopster is back on the court. The best track, surprisingly enough, is Keith’s rendition of the Barry White classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Keith sounds like a true Barry White protege. The collaboration covers Tisdale’s quota to include at least one old-school song on his albums. Tisdale’s reinvigoration and sense of purpose is felt from beginning to end, but most of all, Tisdale says on “Rebound,” “I Hope You Feel It Too.”
By Natasha Mitchell.
01.Rebound 4:21
02.Throwin’ It Down 3:53
03.Front Runna 4:35
04.One On One 4:14
05.In Love 3:36
06.Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up 4:49
07.I Hope You Feel It Too 4:33
08.Watch Me Play Again 4:02
09.I’ll Do The Driving 4:26
10.Comin’ Home 4:10
11.The Turnaround 3:58
12.Grateful 4:50

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