The Death Whisperer Series

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wayman Tisdale & Volver Tempranillo

Wayman Tisdale started out as one of the highest rated high school basketball prospects of 1982-83. He chose to stay near home and attended the University of Oklahoma where he was a first team All American all three years of his college career. He played on the 1984 Olympic team that won the gold medal and was the #2 pick in the 1986 NBA draft after Patrick Ewing. He went on to an all-star NBA career finishing with 12,800 points and over 5,000 rebounds. But along the way, he played bass guitar and developed into a premier smooth jazz bassist and composer. His mellow reminds me or a deep jazz guitar with flowing melodies and toe-tapping rhythms. Sadly, he developed bone cancer in 2007, which resulted in him losing his leg in 2008. It finally took his life in 2009. His music will be missed. Hope you enjoy him.

Let’s do it again:


Way up:

I hope you feel it too:

Look at me now:

Sunday’s best:

Can’t hide love:

The turnaround-rebound:

Don’t take your love away:

With Bernie Williams:

Tribute & Last concert:

Accompanying Wayman, try a 2007 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo La Mancha ($14.00). I think this is the first Spanish wine I’ve reviewed and it’s a good one. Deep purple color with a beautiful bouquet of black cherry, violets, and blackberry. Tons of fruit that feels succulent in the mouth with soft tannins, excellent balance, and a long finish. I liked it so much, I went back and bought two more bottles. Both Robert Parker’s wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar rated it a 90. I’d rate it a 92 because of the price. A tempranillo with excellent character. Pop the cork, pour a glass, and listen to one of the great smooth jazz bassists of our time. Enjoy!


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