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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: 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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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 Funk Record

1. The Introduction

2. Let's Ride

3. This Fonk Is 4u

4. Spread Tha Butta

5. Tiz Phone Call

6. Sunshine

7. Neckbones

8. If U Really Want To Know (I Like It Fonk-Kaa)

9. Every Now And Then

10. Been Here Before

11. Wayman's Gotta Do It

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Track List: Rebound

1. Rebound

2. Throwin' It Down

3. Front Runna

4. One On One

5. In Love

6. Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up

7. I Hope You Feel It Too

8. Watch Me Play Again

9. I'll Do The Driving

10. Comin' Home

11. The Turnaround

12. Grateful

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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 Ever

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: In The Zone

1. In The Zone Interlude

2. Watch Me Play

3. In The Zone

4. Summer Breeze

5. These Feelings

6. High School Interlude

7. 5 Day Road Trip (Feat. Eddie "M")

8. Don't Take Your Love Away

9. College Interlude

10. Washington High

11. Starship

12. Early Morning Drive

13. Pro Interlude

14. Thinking Of You

15. No Me Without You (John 3:16)

16. Summer Breeze Remix

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Track List: Slam Dunk (Single)

2. Slam Dunk

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Timeless music that butters the soul. Could make the bass speak fluently multilingual languages.

Witnessed his last concert in Memphis just before his transition. Performance from his soul like he was emptying it to leave it all behind.

Miss U My Guy...
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Great person, one of Oklahoma University's greatest players. Growing up an OU fan,I watched this guy play like a savior. Saw him play live jazz twice an OKC. You were the man with that unmistakable sound on that bass brother!! RIP��
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could listen to him all day
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Nice kick. Wayman Tisdale. Play That bass line.
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Much respect to my man Way T we met each other at Booker T. High School in Tulsa, OK way back in the day during high school. R.I.P. God's soldier.
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Nothing but Respect that I witnessed out of him, he truly played the hand God gave him and thank you for the awesome music Wayman
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I love love wayman tisdale never though he would have fone
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A great brother- a beast on the court and bass guitar. Thanks.
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Ever song he played was a slam dunk !
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Been a fan from the first time I heard him. Such virtuosity & melodic direction. God I miss him
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True greatness!!!
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I must say he was a great bass player but the album 21 days was the one that draw me & my wife in because it was a great gospel album & I truly miss you my brother so may god continue to bless your music with others like myself.����
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Great man, Bassist, inspirationa l brother
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Awesome on and off the court, Big man Rest in Power!!
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Man I remember watching him play the bass for the first time at a NBA All Star weekend with a kid playing the piano.
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Love you as a ball player and love your music even more rest in big man!!!!!����
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cagreene35
My sister and I went to several of his concerts right before he passed. He played so well all the way to the end.
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Gone way too soon!! R.I.P.
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lorange1965
Wayman we miss u
Broken Arrow Ok
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Baller -Bassist at the highest level.. Probably the greatest combo of athlete/musi c i a n we've ever seen.
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rebeccarobin s o n 9 8
So smooth!
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Wayman Tisdale has that unique sound. As soon as that first bass note hits the airwaves you know it's him. Love his music
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His music is so unique. You can tell a Tisdale cut from the beginning. No one has that sound.
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Have all his cd's. Big fan.
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I saw him play in San Diego for the 1st time & I became an instant fan. He is truly missed. RIP
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Go Ahead Tisdale!! Mad Love
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6''8 big fella that can play the Bass
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msarj35
Amazing talent...sad he had to leave so young, but his music will live forever. RIP
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g.lyman
His great music will live on. super nice guy.r
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Much loved a
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Nice ! enjoying that guitar. keep it coming man
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Awesome -- didn't know who he was until I stumbled onto In the Zone. Love.
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He came in the game strong and kept it up til the end. Great artist forever missed
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Only The Good Die Young
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Bad a** bassist
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Love 'in the zone' .....rip... We love Wayman!!!
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Hellavar bass player
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What a blessed life Wayman lived. Gone too son. Love his music.
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What a Remarkable Man! God Blessed Us With His Presence for a short time, but we know that God's Timing is Different Than Our Timing! Thank God for His Music, that he Shared with Us!!!!!! Beautiful Smile!
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great talent gone too soon
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I Love Me some Wayman Tisdale!!!
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Keep up the jaZz...
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Priceless
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Love his music
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nice music love his music
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bishopdkw
Michael Jordan said Wayman Tisdale is the greatest college player of all time! Great musician and great man. RIP.
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A very good former Basketball player who was a Great Bass player, he has been truly missed....Ma y his music continue to live on as it has.
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fzwallace
Sunday Best on the Way Up album is my all time favorite! I love his music RIH
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billybridges 1 5
Wayman Tisdale was one of the coolest and smoothest Bass player I ever heard. I listen to his music every time I login to my computer and start my day, and the music put's me into a very innervating state of mind. Always Remembered, RIP my Brother...
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