Power Forward

Power Forward

by Wayman TisdaleWayman Tisdale




At this point, Wayman Tisdale was better known as a one of the NBA's tough power forwards, a position often described as the equivalent to hockey's enforcer, but on the jazz tip Tisdale's silky smooth and a purveyor of mature romanticism. He's not a virtuoso on any of the instruments he plays (yet) -- bass guitar, keyboards, or the synthesizer -- but records with an all-star cast of musicians who mask any shortcomings. In fact, Tisdale contributes more on his recordings than those done in the past by Idris Muhammad, Norman Connors, and others. He plays, sings, and produces in addition to writing six of the tracks. Brian Knight, the main producer, keeps everything hearts and flowers; two songs have female names as titles. A cucumber-cool aura makes "Circumstances" most arresting, and he employs the same plucky bass play on "Passion." Others that impress are "Danger Zone" and two with b-ball derived titles: "After the Game" and "Power Forward," the latter aggressively avant-garde, á la Albert Ayers and John Coltrane. A braying sax dominates "Inside Stuff," and Brian Knight's "You" is the meatiest vocal.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/1995
Label: Motown
UPC: 0731453055223
catalogNumber: 530552

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wayman Tisdale   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Lenny White   Drums
Val Young   Vocals
Alex Alessandroni   Keyboards
Derek Allen   Bass
Don Blackman   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Tom Braxton   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Robert Brookins   Guitar,Piano
Tim Cornwell   Percussion
Kenneth Crouch   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Art Dixie   Keyboards
Eddie M.   Alto Saxophone
Kenny Garrett   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Kipper Jones   Vocals
Flip Kirby   Drums
Marcus Miller   Bass
Tommy O.   Guitar
John Paris   Drums
Derrick Edmondson   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
J.R. Swinga   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Vocoder
Bobby Gonzales   Acoustic Guitar
William Patterson   Guitar
Dawnn Lewis   Background Vocals
Freddy Jones   Vocals
James "Timbali" Cornwell   Percussion

Technical Credits

Val Young   Vocal Arrangements
Brian McKnight   Producer
Kenneth Crouch   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Larry Funk   Engineer
Kipper Jones   Arranger,Producer
Steve McKeever   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Sonny Mediana   Artwork
Tommy O.   Producer
John Paris   drum programming
Dennis Wall   Engineer
Wayman Tisdale   Producer,drum programming
J.R. Swinga   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Bruce Walker   Executive Producer
Jackie Salway   Artwork
Chris Wood   Engineer

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