Cap Cod Times: “It goes without saying that the execution here is superb.” “…there’s a lot to really like here.”


Cape Code TimesCapt. Ken’s Music Musings
By Ken Capobianco

August 22
Record Roundup: Noelle Hampton, Sara Wasserman and Much More

Sara Wasserman is the daughter of the extraordinary bassist Rob Wasserman. On her debut, “Solid Ground” (That Other Label), she shows that having good genes makes a difference in life. So does having food friends. Among the musicians who appear on the disc is Lou Reed, Vernon Reid, Christian McBride, DJ Logic and her father. So it goes without saying that the execution here is superb. As a vocalist, Wasserman has some room to grow.  She tries to move from jazz to blues to pop all on this debut and she doesn’t handle the subtleties with the nimbleness of a more experienced singer.

Still, there’s a lot to really like here. She writes four songs (her dad contributes three) and they are good. So is her cover of Hall & Oates “Sara Smile” (a bit of self reverential self empowerment?) and if anything, it will make you go back and realize just how perfect a pop song that is. Promising debut.

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