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Wayman Tisdale

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, In the Zone, had appeared; Decisions followed two years later; Face to Face was issued in early 2001. In 2003 the gospel album Presents 21 Days was released, while the next year saw Hang Time. In 2006 Tisdale's seventh record, Way Up!, featuring guest artists Bob James, Dave Koz, and George Duke, among others, came out. In 2007, Tisdale was diagnosed with bone cancer, but he recovered sufficiently to release his eighth album, Rebound, in 2008, featuring a version of Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" with country star Toby Keith on vocals. Ultimately, Tisdale passed away on May 15, 2009, at age 44 after battling bone cancer for two years. ~ John Bush & William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Wayman Tisdale Story

Disc 1

1. Tell It Like It Tis

2. The Introduction

3. Rebound

4. It's Alright

5. Ready To Hang

6. Let's Ride

7. One On One

8. Gabrielle

9. Way Up

10. Slam Dunk

11. Everything In You

12. Glory Glory

13. Cryin For Me (Wayman's Song)

Disc 2
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Track List: The Very Best Of Wayman Tisdale

1. Power Forward

2. Jazz In You

3. In The Zone

4. Watch Me Play

5. You

6. Summer Breeze

7. Passion

8. Early Morning Drive

9. Starship

10. Amazing Grace

11. Circumstance

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Track List: Way Up

1. Let's Do It Again

2. Get Down On It

3. Shape Of Your Heart

4. Conversation Piece

5. If You Want Me To Stay

6. Sweet Dreams

7. It's A Good Day

8. Tell It Like It Tis

9. My Son (A Song For Bubba)

10. Way Up

11. Sunday's Best

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Track List: Hang Time

1. Ready To Hang

2. Creative Juices

3. Cruisin

4. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

5. My World

6. Hang Time

7. Better Days

8. Everything In You

9. Even When

10. The Time Is Here

11. Off Into It

12. Glory Glory

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Track List: Face To Face

1. Loveplay

2. When I Opened Up My Eyes

3. Brand New

4. Brazilia

5. If I Never

6. Face To Face

7. Say I Do

8. Can't Hide Love

9. Stay

10. Show Me The Way

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Track List: Decisions

1. Breakfast With Tiffany

2. Bass Man

3. Ain't No Lovin'

4. Mexicoco

5. Fell In Love

6. Ready Or Not

7. My Only

8. Sultry Summer

9. African Prince

10. Take The Lord Along With You

11. Louis

12. Miles Away

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Track List: Wayman Tisdale: The Absolute Greatest Hits

1. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

2. Ready To Hang

3. Cruisin'

4. Get Down On It

5. Way Up

6. Conversation Piece

7. Rebound

8. One On One

9. Throwin' It Down

10. Never, Never Gonna Give You Up

11. Let's Ride

12. Sunshine

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On the court he exemplified professional i s m ; in the studio, his sound resonated harmony with such grace and life. RIP
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candythecoug a r
Wayman the world misses your sound. Such a gentle sound to the soul!
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tharrison36
Wayman has been an inspiration for me. I play sax and woukd have loved to play a live set with him. He changed my thoughts on bass guitar playing. Love all his songs.
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Amazing
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I miss seeing him in concert every time he came to Detroit, what a talent, RIP
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We miss you Wyamn... may you be resting in Peace & God Bless...
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True life true to the game and music. Made the bass talk back!��
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cassbeth225
Gone to soon.A true talent.
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twindless1
I didn't know much about him as an athlete but definitely know him as a jazz artist! Love his music...gone too soon!
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A great contribution to life...
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Definitely a multi-talent e d fellow. Your music lives on bro.......
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OK SO THIS SONG IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE JAZZ SONG IN THE WHOLE WIDEEE WORLD!!!!! and Pandora never plays it. But they are now : ) : ) : ) EARLY MORNING DRIVE...I listened to that song every morning for atleast 4 yrs... Hands down my personal fav... RIP to one of the greats
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Worked with him in Sacramento at the jazz fest.Talk about a gentle giant we laughed and clowned the whole after party long.truly missed.
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My all time jazz favorite, it is soothing and inspirationa l , knowing the story of his life and his faith in God. I respect and admire him and loved watching him play with Barkley and my Phoenix Suns !
Your legacy is legendary, brother.
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Wayman such an awesome talent with a unique sound like no other, soothes my soul. gone too soon.
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You will always be remembered through your music and your hoop game
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rcarreon165
It is so awesome that you turned to music after your athletic career. I love your music Wayman! God bless your soul. You left some great music behind. The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it. (William James)
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Missing you, !!!
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WAYMAN::SEE YOU SOON ON THE OTHER SIDE OF JORDAN. !!!
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Such a talented jazz musician-his musical legacy indeed lives on:)
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SO SO GIFTED AND BLESSED RIP BRO
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jazzkaw
Love his music and I'm so glad I was able to see him perform live in concert before he left this earth....
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WAYMAN TYSDALE, to know his story. A really close freind of mine once told me about life, WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, GOD GRACES US WITH LEMONADE.... . . R . I . P . BROTHER
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I attended His concert in Norman and He looked like and said I'm having so much fun I need to be paying Ya'll for being here I said to My friend If had another concert tomorrow I would BE HERE I loved it that much R.I.P. MR. WAYMAN TISDALE GONE BUT I SHALL NEVER FORGET
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His music came from his heart and many felt its joy and pain. He will be remembered for years to come.
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Lived around the block in high sohool watch you do great things in stop six . R I P ... Big Man......Pla y On.
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TALENTED BROTHER. PLAYING THAT BASS GUITAR 4 THE " HEAVENLY HOSTS!!! RIP MR TISDALE. TRULY MISSED!
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Not many musicians could make the transition from professional sports to music on a serious level like Wayman did. I love his music and I truly miss the brother.
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One of the Greatest Ever, God Bless, Gone to Soon.
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Circumstance s ! What can I say a great man tuning in Heaven. My idol I'm left handed too the original,23.
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He's giving a few Angels a couple of tunes...he's in great company.
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coleman3.edw i n
Sorely missed!
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orrockie
They are jammin' in heaven!
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God bless his soul!
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Yessir miss him sorely missed.
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The music lives ,on.
Rest in peace.
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Other than Stanley Clark.Felton , B o o t s y Collins, just to name a few bassist This great man on my list as well.RIP Mr.Wayman Tisdale ur missed, yet never will be forgotten in my book of the greats.Thank you sir for sharing with us your God given gift!!!
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Thou will be with me forever come go with me PLH 1357bbb
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bmorrison727
True talent at its best! Miss his music
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I had the honor of watching him perform at a jazz festival with Jonathan Butler, Brian Simpson and Patti Austin a year before his passing. I feel honored to witness his talent and brilliance.
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Wayman, a true talent, his impact was massive in his blessed short time with us. May you smile down from heaven thank you for your spirit always
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jimfrohling
God blessed Wayman in so many ways. As an athlete, a musician, a father and friend. Ultimately He blessed Wayman by calling him home. Our loss but certainly Wayman's reward. Wayman, your music lives on!
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Rest in heaven Wayman Tisdale
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Bro rest in peace!!!!!
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We have lost a true legend in WT. A true genius in many areas.
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Love this!!
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Loved his game as a basketball player with that infectious smile !!! Then I heard a jazz tune and found out Wayman was the guitar player !!! That really raised my level of respect and honor for God's "Gentle Giant" !!!! Much love to this brother and his music !!!!
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Gabrielle is so beautiful
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Caught him live in FL in 2008 and he was really a great artist and person. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, but his music lives on.
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wizardotrd
My understandin g is he is still jamming with a few dunks on the way up!
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