Rob Wasserman

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: bass jazz american eclectic fusion jazz fusion doublebass jazz bass electric bass fusion jazz q book of punk legends Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

USA. Trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Wasserman developed an idiosyncratic approach to both the upright bass and the electric bass that was musically adventurous and stimulating. In the late 70s he was a member of David Grisman’s bluegrass band. Versatile and tirelessly inventive, Wasserman has worked successfully with many artists in various areas of popular music, including Lou Reed (from 1988-94, appearing on New York and Magic And Loss), Rickie Lee Jones (Flying Cowboys), Van Morrison (Beautiful Vision), Elvis Costello (Mighty Like A Rose), and a long-running partnership with guitarist Bob Weir (Grateful Dead). In partnership with Weir, he played in duo for many years from the late 80s. In the late 90s, the pair formed Ratdog, a gutsy blues-based band.

Wasserman’s own albums have been lauded by critics, with DownBeat voting 1983’s Solo as Jazz Album Of The Year and him as Bassist and Composer Of The Year,...

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