Wayman Tisdale Decisions
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- Released: October 6, 1998
- Label: Atlantic
- 1.Breakfast With Tiffany
- 2.Bass Man
- 3.Ain't No Lovin'
- 5.Fell In Love
- 6.Ready Or Not
- 7.My Only
- 8.Sultry Summer
- 9.African Prince
- 10.Take The Lord Along With You
- 12.Miles Away
Personnel: Wayman Tisdale (vocals, bass); Lalah Hathaway, Trecina Atkins (vocals); Everett Harp, Gerald Albright, Donald Hays (saxophone); Michael Steward (trumpet, flugelhorn); Brian Culbertson (strings, piano, keyboards); Shredrick Mitchell (strings, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards); Jerry Harris (strings, keyboards, guitar, programming); David Dalhomme (strings); Jerome Harmon (Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, programming); Bobby Gonzales (keyboards, guitar); Brian Monroney, James Williams, Marc Antoine, Norman Brown (guitar); Derek Allen (bass, programming); Marcus Miller (fretless bass); Arthur Thompson (drums, cymbals, tambourine); Michael White, John Paris (drums); Lenny Castro, Steve Reid (percussion); Scott Rammer, Dino Esposito (keyboard & drum programming); Chuckii Booker (background vocals).
Producers: Bobby Gonzales, Wayman Tisdale, Dino Esposito, Scot Rammer, George Nauful, Derek Allen.
Engineers include: Jeff Harris.
Recorded at The Compound, Las Vegas, Nevada; Entourage, Los Angeles, California; The Bass-Mint, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Personnel: Wayman Tisdale (vocals, guitar); Trecina Atkins, Lalah Hathaway (vocals); Jerry Harris (guitar, strings, keyboards, programming); Bobby Gonzales (guitar, keyboards); Marc Antoine , Brian Monroney (guitar); Brian Culbertson (strings, piano, keyboards); Gerald Albright (saxophone); Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon (keyboards, programming); Marcus Miller (fretless bass); Lenny Castro (percussion); Dino Esposito, Scot Rammer (keyboard programming, drum programming); Chuckii Booker (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Eddie King ; Jeff Harris ; George Nauful.
Audio Remixers: Eddie King ; Jeff Harris ; Steve Sykes.
Recording information: Bass-Mint, Tulsa, OK; Compound, Las Vegas, NV; Entourage, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Kate Garner.
When Wayman Tisdale was ten-years-old, he lay his hands for the first time on the two items which would eventually determine the dual nature of his life: a basketball and a six string guitar. Sports fans know where the first one led -- to a successful all-star career in the NBA where the 6'9" Tisdale totaled 5,000 rebounds and played for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. Smooth jazz enthusiasts who know nothing of his hoop life made his MoJazz albums Power Forward and In the Zone -- recorded during his off-seasons in 1995 and 1996 -- Top Ten hits on the Billboard chart. While those titles gave the impression of an athlete dabbling in a side career, his Atlantic debut Decisions -- recorded as he hung up his Air Jordans after 12 years on the court -- gets down to more serious business. Playing the bass isn't just a hobby anymore. If the guest list at Tisdale's coming out party is any indication, earning the respect of his peers can be crossed off the worry list. Keyboardist Brian Culbertson, for one, proves a melodic soulmate, matching his high ivory tones note for note with Tisdale's plucky, lower register melody on "Breakfast with Tiffany," a bouncy tune that shows Tisdale's remarkable smooth jazz radio savvy. On "Ain't No Lovin'," Tisdale takes the melodic lead with both bass and airy vocals over the subtle intertwining double keyboards of Culbertson (simulating the Rhodes) and Jerome Harmon (Hammond B-3). Tisdale also takes genre stars Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Everette Harp, Marcus Miller and Marc Antoine downcourt for a little one on one. "The Wiz" does some stylish little double dribbling on a call and response with Albright's sax on "Bass Man" after Albright dances around Brown's crisp, Wesbound licks. Harp's soft soprano melody blends smoothly with Tisdale and Antoine's laid-back acoustic on "Fell in Love," and Antoine challenges the leader to pick up the steel string acoustic and play gingerbread man after the Frenchman's skittery nylon strings on the Latin-flavored "Mexicoco." ~ Jonathan Widran
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