R.I.P. Rob Wasserman

Unsung String Hero, Grammy-Nominated Rock Bassist, Dies at 64:‘Rob Wasserman, a bassist who performed and recorded with Lou Reed, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello and many others, and whose album “Duets” was nominated for three Grammy Awards, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 64.

His death was confirmed by Matt Busch, the manager of the longtime Grateful Dead guitarist and composer Bob Weir, who founded the group RatDog with Mr. Wasserman in the mid-1990s.Mr. Busch did not specify the cause. Mr. Weir said on Facebook only that Mr. Wasserman had been hospitalized earlier in the day and had “lost his struggle.”

Mr. Wasserman was born in San Mateo, Calif, on April 1, 1952, and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. .Early in his career he worked with Van Morrison and was a member of the David Grisman Quintet.A stand-up bassist, he was perhaps best known for a trilogy of albums with titles derived from the number of players on each track: “Solo” (1983), “Duets” (1988) and “Trios” (1994).On “Duets” Mr. Wasserman performed with, among others, Mr. Reed, Aaron Neville, Rickie Lee Jones and Bobby McFerrin, whose track, “Brothers,” won the Grammy for best male jazz vocal performance.

Source: The New York Times