Tisdale was the gentle giant. Known as an American professional
basketball player in the NBA, his popularity grew even more during his
time as smooth jazz bass player. He launched his music career with the
album Power Forward (1995), followed by In The Zone
(1996), Decisions (1998), Face to Face (2001),
Presents 21 Days (2003), Hang Time (2004), Way Up!
(2006), and Rebound (2008).
I shared some of his worthy time during Warren Hill's Smooth Jazz
Cruise 2005, where he offered his fans the opportunity to drop some
sinkers with him. His part of the show was a special highlight. He
exploded on his funky bass solo. While he was releasing smooth jazz
albums, everybody knew his real passion. Wayman's funky party.
After the diagnosis of cancer in 2007
Wayman continued his life hosting jazz cruises, headlining tours, and
being an active and loving husband and father. Nothing gonna stop us
now was his motto. But only Wayman knew, when no one else did,
that God was going to call him home.
“He always wanted to make funk music,”
says Derek (DOA) Allen, who produced The Fonk Record and was
one of Tisdale’s closest friends. “People are going to see a whole
‘nother side of Wayman on this record—he was on a mission to play as
hard and funky as he could.” Wayman spend the last two years of his
life finishing his first Funk record.
Wayman explains the idea of his album
in The Introduction. Heavy bass, flattering sax and some deep
words will open the door to Wayman's world. On Let's Ride
Wayman sings with his backing vocalists, tha Suckaz, and he makes it
dirty and gritty. How he loved to stretch his vocals to that stinky
level. Jazz Funk legend George Duke adds some ingenious keystrokes.
This Fonk Is 4U features
Clinton and the P-funkified Wayman in an intoxicating style. Spread
Tha Butta, is more fonky stuff. How the Fonk smells! Sunshine
is dedicated to Wayman's wife. The guiding life in his life. Thick
bass, wailing guitars and Wayman's emotional vocals, that is the
eternal brew of heroes. Neck Bones is joking, kidding,
partying, loud and muddy.
If U Really Want to Know (I Like It
Fonk-kaa) is Wayman's Fonk anthem and postulate. Every Now and
Then is more fooling around the living plant, we know as Fonk, the
dirty brother of Funk. Been Here Before is a heartfelt ballade
featuring late Ali Woodson, a former member of The Temptations.
Wayman's Gotta Do It serves some auto-tuned final delicacy of
The Fonk Record is Wayman
Tisdale's monument and message. Do the best out of your life, you
never know how much time you can spend on earth. Wayman recorded his
best and certainly the most joyful album. Isn't that satisfaction
Buy the album in all stores
Title: The Fonk
Artist: Wayman Tisdale
Label: Rendezvous Music
01 The Introduction [3:41]
02 Let's Ride (Featuring George Duke) / George Duke [4:09]
03 This Fonk Is 4U (Featuring George Clinton) / George Clinton
04 Spread Tha Butta [5:38]
05 Tiz Phone Call [0:28]
06 Sunshine [5:57]
07 Neck Bones [3:48]
08 If U Really Want to Know (I Like It Fonk-kaa) [5:30]
09 Every Now and Then [4:47]
10 Been Here Before (Featuring Ali Woodson) / Ali Woodson [5:36]
11 Wayman's Gotta Do It [4:31]