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Wayman Tisdale's Final Album Released

Oct 25 2010

Wayman Tisdale was known for many things: his pro basketball career, his generous nature, his way with the jazz bass guitar. But what a lot of his fans may not have known about him was his passion for the funk music of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. They’re about to get a taste of it with the posthumous release on Oct. 26 of The Fonk Record (Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue). The project was a longtime dream of Tisdale’s, one he completed shortly before his passing of cancer in 2009. The 11-tracks feature guest appearances by George Duke, former Temptations singer Ali Woodson and funkmaster Clinton himself. The cover art depicts Tisdale as his alter ego, “Tiz,” complete with huge Afro and green shades. Producer Derek Allen worked frequently with Tisdale, recalling how he’d break into funk-filled grooves during his live shows. “Over the years, we’d…record demos of funk music. But after the cancer diagnosis, he …said he really wanted to finish the album.” George Duke adds, "Maybe he knew he didn't have long But there was something special about this project. I could tell he was letting it all hang out, just him being who he is. And that's the best kind of music." Tisdale will also be a presence at the upcoming American Smooth Jazz Awards [Oct. 29] when his widow, Regina, presents the Waymam Tisdale Humanitarian Award.

Last changed: Oct 25 2010 at 7:37 AM

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