Wayman Tisdale has an image as a fun-loving guy with upbeat songs, but truth be told, Tisdale leans toward mellow and introspective tunes that possess a remarkable jazz sensibility. That doesn’t mean Tisdale has forgotten what’s turned him into a bona fide music star after 12 years as one of the NBA’s best power forwards. He always includes a gospel song, and here it’s “Grateful” with guest vocalist Marvin Sapp. His one R&B classic, also a staple on his CDs, is a good one: Barry White’s “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up,” with the twist of having good friend and fellow Oklahoma native and country star Toby Keith on vocals. Don’t think about that one too long, just enjoy it.
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