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  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 15, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Atlantic UK
  • ASIN: B00004VX8P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rob Wasserman ~ Space Island

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Right off the bat, as the initial faux country chords from "Wildside" wobble in and out of phase before a delectable, backwater-bar groove rumbles into place, you know you're in for something a little different, something special. Bassist Rob Wasserman, a longtime musical partner of Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and creator of a much acclaimed trilogy of collaborative recordings (Solo, Duets, and Trios, involving artists as diverse as Aaron Neville, Rickie Lee Jones, Lou Reed, Bobby McFerrin, Bruce Hornsby, and Branford Marsalis), here ventures into new and richly satisfying musical terrain.

Playing a futuristic, six-string upright electric bass, Wasserman teams with producer Dave Aron to create a savvy, rhythm-heavy buffet of unexpected sounds, cross-pollinating dance, pop, jazz, even folk. Wasserman's bass and Aron's drum machine-sampler are responsible for almost every sound on Space Island (a vocal-free effort except for a few shrewdly positioned cameos by Wasserman), and their fanciful concoctions are a treat. Highlights: the growling groove that undergirds Wasserman's laconic, grinning melody in "Wildside"; the clever blend of hip-hop rhythms and jazzy urban cool on the title track; the edgy, scratched-up "Feel the Bass"; the amber waves of gently grooving grain in "Prairie Song." Best of the bunch: the irresistible, radio-ready "Hillbilly Hip Hop," where Wasserman's silly-but-articulate rap exhorts us to "Flap them arms around a lot" and to "Dance profoundly, not unsoundly." Not everything works ("Ipanema" and "Nu Ballad" go nowhere), but the disc's hits far outweigh its misses. --Terry Wood

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on May 2, 2010
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Rob Wasserman is a bass player. He has worked in jazz, and also the Grateful Dead.

On this solo album, Wasserman works a terrific way to make the bass, usually an accompanying instrument, the centerpiece. He is, I gather, using both upright electric and rock six string. But more revealing is his photo on the back cover. Wasserman looks big enough here to be a linebacker, and it is a good thing he has given his ample hands to the fantastic task of driving this fantastic music.

Which are rich patterns the bassist sets, and then surrounds, with keyboards, hip hop, all kinds of modern yet organic sounds. But it works because of Wasserman's command.

He can do chords, double stops, and driving lines that are just a hair ahead of the beat-I am sure this is by choice--and this keeps the tracks moving wonderfully. A great timekeeper like the Chris Wood in MMW could probably not pull this off.

And this is no 1960s Jimmy Garrison solo outing. This is jazz on a rock driven scale, informed by hip hop, and functioning on pure tone depth and propulsion.

Every musician has unique attributes that make him or her great, and I'll, for now, put my money on Rob.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Baldwin on August 24, 2000
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Rob Wasserman's last album, Trios was released about 6 years ago and it has been a long wait for his newest disc, Space Island. Luckily, it was the worth the wait. This is unique music that is unlike anything Rob has ever done before. The bass is augmented with heavy rhythm tracks as well as the occasional horn or even turntable. The music is rhythmic but still retains Rob's great sense of melody. If you are a Wasserman fan or a just a fan of interesting, unique music, check this out.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2000
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Following up on his acclaimed trilogy (Solo, Duets, and Trios), bassist Wasserman is now "exploring new musical paths." His new album, Space Island, is a collaboration with Dave Aron, some kind of studio wiz. Dave brought a spirit of inventiveness to the project and a a willingness to experiment, with the result being a collection of eleven mostly instrumental tracks of genre-defying madness. There are flavors of hip-hop, rock, funk, jazz, and a lot of other stuff. "Got To Rock" sounds like a clear nod to the Chemical Brothers, with DJ Jam scratching and a voice (Rob's?) that keeps saying "got to rock" over and over, all while Mr. W plays a spiraling, sinewy lead bass. The title of "Hillbilly Hip-Hop" tells you what that song is about, "Is Anybody There?" has an appropriately alien feel, and there are ballads, a "Love Song," and even an Indian raga! If you're willing to follow Rob to his Space Island, you'll enjoy the trip.
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