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Rob Wasserman – Duets

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  • This rare and wonderful album from 1988 on the original MCA label offers outstanding sound throughout 
  • In-the-room vocal presence (Jennifer Warnes is stunning on Leonard Cohen’s Ballad Of The Runaway Horse) and tight, note-like bass are key to the best pressings
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout – Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus – they don’t come quieter in our experience
  • 4 1/2 stars: “Some amazing duets and a great lineup that includes Aaron Neville (v), Stephane Grappelli (violin), Dan Hicks (v, g), and so on. The jazz community missed this one.” [But the audiophile community loved it.]
  • Our old friend Bernie Grundman handled the mastering for Duets, back when he was still making good sounding records. Everything changed when he started working for Classic Records in the ’90s. Based on the scores we’ve played, the vast majority of his remastered pressings leave a lot to be desired. You can read more about them here.


Rob Wasserman / Solo – Our Shootout Winner from 2015

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The best sounding copy to ever hit the site, with BY FAR the best sounding side one we have ever played — as good as the sound can be on most copies, side one here took it to another level. Sometimes we call that Four Plus but for not let’s just call it At Least Three Plus. 

And it’s on quiet vinyl, as quiet a record as Rounder knows how to press, I would venture to say.

This copy blew our minds with the quality of its sound. I don’t know when I’ve heard the bass reproduced with this kind of speed and authority.

Last time around for a 2 1/2 copy we wrote:

We frankly don’t know if this record can sound any better than it does here. We erred on the side of caution and chose to award it something short of the full Three Pluses for sound. If you had a big enough stack of copies who knows what you might hear? As we like to say, everything is relative. The monster pressing has to be out there somewhere, even if it takes a hundred copies to find it. Since we’ve had exactly two copies make it to our site, the amazing sound of this copy will have to do for now.

Well, after hearing how good the record can sound I went on a tear picking them up off the internet in order to find that ‘big enough stack.”

I’m glad this copy somehow ended up in the stack — a random process that cannot be predicted of course — because it kicks the recording up a notch above even the best copies we had played previously. Phenomenal sound. A Demo Disc par excellence.

As for the music, solo bass is surely not everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t argue with the sonics. Wasserman is as gifted a player as I’ve ever heard (and I’ve heard Ray Brown live — that guy was pretty damn gifted too!). (more…)

David Grisman – Quintet ’80

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides with each playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • “This set features Grisman’s string group (which also includes violinist Darol Anger, Mike Marshall on mandolin, guitar and violin, Mark O’Connor on violin and guitar, and bassist Rob Wasserman)… The music is excellent…” – All Music


Stephane Grappeli / David Grisman – Live

  • This superb live album finally arrives on the site, earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them from start to finish – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are exceptionally low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic – just what this music needs
  • Stephane Grappelli’s jazz violin stylings and David Grisman’s “Dawg music” fuse into a magical, swinging acoustic combo
  • “One of the most exciting of the many Stephane Grappelli recordings, this live session… teams the veteran violinist with mandolist David Grisman’s band, an ensemble that (in addition to its leader) boasts hot solos from Mike Marshall on violin, guitarist Mark O’Connor (who switches to violin to battle Grappelli on a memorable “Tiger Rag”), and bassist Rob Wasserman.”


Letter of the Week – “I had no idea it was this well recorded.”

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One of our good customers had this to say about some Hot Stampers he purchased recently:  

Hey Tom,  

By the way, this Duets has a focus and richness that belies the Digital norm. Your copy kills my Promo copy. I had no idea it was this well recorded. The bass here is not fatiguing like my other copy. Everything is balanced and integrated.