It’s Going To Be A Tough Act To Follow – Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal review, June 12, 2009

The only problem Sara Wasserman faces after her star-studded debut album is this: It’s going to be a tough act to follow.

The Mill Valley-bred singer, daughter of virtuoso Grammy-winning bassist Rob Wasserman and music publicist/promoter Clare Wasserman, boasts a lineup of A-List guest musicians on “Solid Ground” that includes her dad, Aaron Neville, Lou Reed, bassist Christian McBride, guitarist Vernon Reid from Living Colour, Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Bob Weir, Traffic’s Jim Capaldi, Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction and Marin-based turntablist DJ Logic.

The 28-year-old is a strong, confident, strikingly attractive singer and songwriter whose collaboration with Aaron Neville is a highlight of a meticulously produced CD six years in the making. Neville lends his otherwordly voice to Wasserman’s classic rock-style ballad “Fly Away,” trading lead vocals on the verses and twining voices on the goose bump-inducing high notes of the bridge. Working from a poem Neville wrote, she helped compose the melody to another lovely ballad, “Fresh Out of Tears,” which she sings over Randy Emata’s tasteful acoustic piano accompaniment.
Wasserman wrote or co-wrote seven of the album’s 11 songs and her father contributed three others, including the anthemic title track, “Solid Ground,” which he co-wrote with Jim Capaldi.
Opening the CD, Wasserman duets with McBride’s expressive bowed bass and Emata’s sensitive piano on “Little Bird,” a song her father co-wrote with Jules  Shear. She reprises the tune as the last track on the CD with just her vocal and McBride’s bass.  The only question left for this promising young talent: Now what?

Buy It

Sara Wasserman, “Solid Ground,” released June 16 on That Other Label/Pacific Coast Jazz, $18.81, at www.sarawasserman.com.

Hear her
Sara Wasserman performs 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. June 12 on the Goddess Stage at the Harmony Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds;www.harmonyfestival.com.    – Paul Liberatore

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