Trilogy

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Rob Wasserman has a well-deserved rep as bassist extraordinaire, so it's more than fitting that Rounder should issue his three distinct albums in a package titled Trilogy. The simple title also evokes the simple names of the originals, Solo 1983, Duets 1988, and Trios 1994. The first disc is the easiest to praise without reservation for its virtuoso performance, but perhaps the most difficult to sit back and enjoy. In a way, it's like listening to a jazz bass solo for nearly half an hour occasionally interrupted by the presence of a bow, which makes it a musician's effort for other musicians. Duets, on the other hand, allows -- from the average listener's perspective...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Rob Wasserman has a well-deserved rep as bassist extraordinaire, so it's more than fitting that Rounder should issue his three distinct albums in a package titled Trilogy. The simple title also evokes the simple names of the originals, Solo 1983, Duets 1988, and Trios 1994. The first disc is the easiest to praise without reservation for its virtuoso performance, but perhaps the most difficult to sit back and enjoy. In a way, it's like listening to a jazz bass solo for nearly half an hour occasionally interrupted by the presence of a bow, which makes it a musician's effort for other musicians. Duets, on the other hand, allows -- from the average listener's perspective -- a more balanced approach, with Wasserman being joined by Lou Reed, Jennifer Warnes, Rickie Lee Jones, and others. This disc would be worth it if for no other reason than to hear Reed turn "One for My Baby And One More for the Road" into a half-baked bit of proto-punk. Better, though less curious, are Warnes' simple "Ballad of the Runaway Horse" and Jones' "The Moon Is Made of Gold." Musically speaking, the last disc is the busiest and perhaps the most interesting because of the all-star lineup. Two Wilsons -- Brian and Carnie -- kick off Trios with "Fantasy Is Reality/Bells of Madness," but this is just a warmup for Elvis Costello's jazzy take on "Put Your Big Toe in the Milk of Human Kindness." There are also appearances from Grateful Dead alumni, including Bob Weir on "Easy Answers" and Jerry Garcia on "Zillionaire." Trilogy works well as a package, with each album feeding into the next and then circling back around again. For Wasserman fans, and anyone who ever wondered about the role the bass played in acoustic jazz, Trilogy will satisfy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661322523
  • Catalog Number: 613225

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thirteen (2:54)
  2. 2 Lima Twist (3:49)
  3. 3 Sunway (2:21)
  4. 4 Punk Sizzle (1:47)
  5. 5 Clare (0:58)
  6. 6 Lady Be Good (2:07)
  7. 7 Strumming (1:54)
  8. 8 Bass Blue (2:25)
  9. 9 Bass Space (3:15)
  10. 10 April Aire (2:21)
  11. 11 Freedom Bass Dance (1:43)
  12. 12 Ode to Casals (3:58)
  13. 13 Sara's Rainbow Song (1:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stardust (4:36)
  2. 2 The Moon Is Made of Gold (3:41)
  3. 3 Brothers (4:48)
  4. 4 Duet (3:28)
  5. 5 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (4:06)
  6. 6 Ballad of the Runaway Horse (6:50)
  7. 7 Gone With the Wind - Dan Hicks (5:12)
  8. 8 Angel Eyes - Cheryl Bentyne (4:19)
  9. 9 Over the Rainbow (6:03)
  10. 10 Autumn Leaves (4:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Fantasy Is Reality/Bells of Madness - Carnie Wilson (4:11)
  2. 2 Put Your Big Toe in the Milk of Human Kindness (4:10)
  3. 3 White-Wheeled Limousine - Branford Marsalis (5:01)
  4. 4 Country (Bass Trilogy, Pt. 1) (2:49)
  5. 5 Zillionaire - Edie Brickell (5:17)
  6. 6 Dustin' Off the Bass (6:14)
  7. 7 Easy Answers (6:01)
  8. 8 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Bass Trilogy: Part 2) (2:23)
  9. 9 Home Is Where You Get Across - Les Claypool (5:30)
  10. 10 Spike's Bulls (Bass Trilogy, Pt. 3) (3:11)
  11. 11 Gypsy One (4:13)
  12. 12 Gypsy Two (3:36)
  13. 13 American People - Edie Brickell (4:45)
  14. 14 3 Guys Named Schmo - Jay Lane (10:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rob Wasserman Primary Artist, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Bells, Hand Clapping, String Bass, Electric Upright Bass, Drum Sticks
Willie Dixon Vocals, Electric Upright Bass
Elvis Costello Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Garcia Piano, Electric Guitar, MIDI Guitar
Bruce Hornsby Keyboards, Vocals
Bob Weir Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Chris Whitley Dobro, Vocals
Brian Wilson Organ, Keyboards, Vocals
Neil Young Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Marc Ribot Acoustic Guitar
Edie Brickell Vocals
Les Claypool Electric Bass
Al Duncan Drums
Matt Haimovitz Cello
Joan Jeanrenaud Cello
Jay Lane Drums
Branford Marsalis Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Carnie Wilson Tambourine, Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer
Bruce Hornsby Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Rickie Lee Jones Liner Notes
Aaron Neville Liner Notes
Lou Reed Liner Notes
Jennifer Warnes Liner Notes
Bob Weir Composer, Liner Notes, drum programming
Chris Whitley Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
St├ęphane Grappelli Liner Notes
Bobby McFerrin Composer
Rob Wasserman Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Matt Dennis Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Ray Benson Producer
Bob Bralove Composer
Edie Brickell Composer, Liner Notes
Stephanie Clarke Executive Producer
Les Claypool Composer
Larry Craig Guitar Techician
Dave Grusin Executive Producer
John Cutler Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering, Remastering
Ira Gershwin Composer
David Grisman Producer, Liner Notes
Matt Haimovitz Composer, Liner Notes
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Joan Jeanrenaud Composer, Liner Notes
Kevin Killen Engineer
Jay Lane Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Elliot Mazer Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jeffrey Norman Engineer, Mastering
Mitchell Parish Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Larry Rosen Executive Producer
Ricky Schultz Executive Producer
Jim Stern Engineer
Don Was Producer
Clare Wasserman Producer, Executive Producer, Creative Coordinator
Vince Welnick Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Declan MacManus Composer
John Cutler Producer, Engineer
Jeffrey A. Greenberg Producer
Earl Brent Composer
Al Johnson Engineer
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