Rob Wasserman……..bassist extraordinaire

A couple of days ago I was doing a musical search on YouTube and came across a track by an artist I had never heard of, namely Rob Wasserman

I discovered that Wasserman was a Grammy-winning highly respected bass player and composer who performed and recorded with Bob Weir, Lou Reed, Neil Young, Brian Wilson and many other musicians but had died in June 2016 at the very early age of 64

A former student of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Wasserman started out playing violin and switched to stand-up double bass when he turned 20; from there, he drew upon a wide range of influences.

He was best known for his work in Weir’s band RatDog, formed after Weir left the Dead and for which Wasserman was a founding member. The band released only one studio album, “Evening Moods” in 2000, but they toured for a decade until Weir shifted his focus to the group Further, which featured former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh.

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Wasserman also was known for his 1988 “Duets” album that included Lou Reed, Aaron Neville and Rickie Lee Jones. Duets was nominated for three Grammys, and brought singer Bobby McFerrin a Grammy for male jazz vocalist.

He released his first jazz album, the acclaimed Solo, in 1983; his most recent album was 2005’s jazz-rock fusion effort “Cosmic Farm.”

The track I am featuring is the traditional “One for my baby….” But in a stonking blues tinged version. Give it a listen

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