After some time away for health issues, bassist Wayman
Tisdale makes a comeback with his latest release entitled Rebound.
The twelve tracks here were a long time in coming as was the recovery
process. Both Wayman and the music both shine here and we can easily
see why this former N.B.A. forward is so popular on the smooth jazz
He hit’s the ground running right away with the title track.
Says Tisdale, “when life tried to get you down, it’s
the perfect time for a rebound.” Featuring Dave Koz through
much of this one, it is somewhat unusual to having a driving bass
in the background while having Tisdale’s bass play over the
top. He mixes it up well with Koz who’s playing is more of
a complement than a soloist. It’s a great way to start off. “Throwin’ It
Down” picks the pace up just a little and features co-writer
Darren Rahn on tenor sax, Rhodes and keys. This one gets going in
a hurry and comes to a resounding end. “Front Runna” is
heavy on a “clap” beat that pushes it along and plays
nicely off of Tisdale’s bass. The chorus is infectious and
one you’ll be humming before long. “One On One” is
one of my favorites so far. It moves along at a good beat, and is
clean enough to feature the big guy on bass as an actual voice through
out. Tisdale shows so much more here than in his earlier works.
The real surprise that has everyone talking is the addition of country
singer Toby Keith to the Barry White Classic, “Never, Never
Gonna Give You Up.” These two Oklahoma alumni team up for a
really good remake that you’ll really want to hear. I’m
not going to tell you much about it except that you’ll really
want to check it out. “I Hope You Feel It Too” is a Michael
Todd number that comes across more insightful in its slower deliberate
delivery. The playful sax of Donald Hayes is a nice touch throughout.
Robert Wilson (of the Gap Band) is featured on “Watch Me Play
Again.” Tisdale helped in the writing, and could have easily
been the title track given the double meaning of being able to play
basketball again. The bass is a little more “choked” here
and the added horns are a nice touch. Keyboardist Brian Simpson joins
Wayman on “I’ll Do The Driving.” Tisdale takes
more of a lead here with some nice lines from Simpson’s piano.
The “driving” here never gets too fast, and the exchange
between the two is right down the middle.
A syncopated tune entitled “The Turnaround” features
an unusual back beat that showcases this bass player’s abilities
very well. Just when you think you’ve got the beat down on
this one, it comes back with a rest on an up beat to throw you off.
It gets going pretty good with great horn section to keep it going.
He finishes up with a song that shows how thankful he is entitled “Grateful.” Wayman
thanks God for his second chance, and that’s he’s so
grateful. His fight with cancer has been well publicized, and is
a perfect way to end this project.
Wayman says “remember, you’re just a rebound away”,
and that’s exactly how he approached this new disc. He continues
to step out and be one of the more notable bass players in the industry.
His shows are fun, and his excitement shows through to his music.
I really think you’re going to enjoy Rebound.
There’s so much here to like, and Wayman mixes it up well.
Be sure you pick up a copy soon.