Personnel: Wayman Tisdale (vocals, keyboards, drum programming); Wayman Tisdale (bass instrument); J.R. Swinga (vocals, keyboards, vocoder, programming, drum programming); Derek Allen, Robert Brookins (vocals, keyboards, drums); Brian McKnight (vocals, keyboards, programming, drum programming); Kipper Jones (vocals); David Cochrane (guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, background vocals); Bobby Gonzales (guitar); Derrick Edmondson, Eddie M. (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Brian King (alto saxophone); Alex Alessandroni (piano); Bill McKinley (electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Jerry Harris (organ, keyboards, drums); Art Dixie (Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); Kenneth Crouch (keyboards, programming, drum programming); Don Blackman, Donald Blackman (synthesizer); Lenny White (drums, drum); Eric Brown (drums); Sue Ann Carwell (background vocals); William Patterson (guitar); Kenny Garrett (alto saxophone).
Liner Note Author: Tom Terrell.
Photographer: Roy Zipstein.
Arrangers: Art Dixie; Derek Allen; David Cochrane; Jerry Harris; Kenneth Crouch; Kipper Jones; Robert Brookins.
Not many people can boast of having two very different, very successful careers--Wayman Tisdale is, however, one such individual. Tisdale was an NBA star who successfully transitioned into a career playing funk and R&B-charged smooth jazz, and his specialty is drawing forth elegant, guitar-like tones from his electric bass. With veteran aces Lenny White, Brian McKnight, and Kenny Garrett (formerly with Miles Davis) in his corner, Tisdale weaves seamless musical tales that balance tuneful improvisational flair with engaging, confident grooves. THE VERY BEST acts as a nice introduction to Tisdale's amiable style, compiling the finest examples of his many attributes.