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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 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: Slam Dunk (Single)

2. Slam Dunk

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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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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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He was one of those people that you felt like you knew personally and I think it's because he was so personable. No ego, just a genuine guy with incredible talent. How he made the bass sing like that, I will never know. You are truly missed. Rest on, brother...re s t on.
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Love his music and a great basketball player..RIH
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darnell_sr
Simply magnifico.
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gregoryle
Great music from outstanding Bro! RIP
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I love his music.. He is truly missed. RIP
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ssmithjag
Miss ya so much Mr Tisdale Rest in Peace Love you
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Heard Loveplay for the first time today; he left behind great music; your mark has been made Mr. Tisdale
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sheffield57
Great music for two on the lanaii
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Wonderful musician and basketball player. He is from my hometown Tulsa, Oklahoma. You are definetly missed. R.I.P.
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Mr.tisdale
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arspatents
Excellent musician. Sad his life was short, but glad God allowed him to create this beautiful music that survives him that still spreads beauty.
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pnaab0202
Wayman Tisdale was more than a good basketball player. He was exceptional. He played for the University of Oklahoma and was the conference player of the year multiple times. He had a great NBA career and represented the USA on the Olympic basketball team in 1984. His musical talents were more exceptional. This brother was a very entertaining ball player and musician. Thank God that he blessed us with such a special gift. RIP Wayman Tisdale!!!!
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drawde626
Wayman Tisdale was a self-taught guitarist who played left-handed. He was a good basketball player but more importantly; a much better and truly amazing jazz artist. His music is timeless!
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I didn't know anything about him until now. Very good music.
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My brother I know you are still jamming from the heavens
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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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lawoffice87
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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