Wayman Tisdale – Hang Time
(Rendezvous – 2004)
by S.H. Watkins, Sr.
Former NBA star Tisdale has definitely found himself a second career here. From the banging opener, Ready to Hang, to the mellow closing Glory Glory, you can see that Tisdale continues to grow as an artist and performer on each successive album release. Dave Koz lends his horn on the more introspective Better Days, where Tisdale shows that he’s more than a Stanley Clarke clone by giving an expressive performance. Tisdale is stepping out on his own as a melodic bassist like Stanley, but his own expression and style is growing.
The up tempo Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now is pure groove. This should make the smooth jazz charts AND the R&B charts…if there’s ever been a crossover club jazz hit, this is it. Off In It is a bouncy Lorber inspired (and assisted) piece that has Wayman poppin’ it hard. Off In It is another track with that Lorber flavor and it’s one of the better tracks (wonder why). Keyboardist extraordinaire Jeff Lorber sits in here to lend his flavor to Tisdale’s funky stew and they are cookin! The vocal-heavy Even When strays over the R&B line a bit in the vocal department, but it’s offset by some nice horn-and-bass work.
“I was born to entertain,” Tisdale says. “I just love people and I feel like entertainment goes right in line with my personality. Whether it’s on the stage or playing basketball, it’s just what I’ve been called to do on this earth.” Tisdale is definitely coming into his own with this CD, and you should own this Tisdale CD. It’s very entertaining.