Absolutely peak Laswell & Co. Takes me back to my first exposure to Praxis (T.T.) in that the wealth of textures and the consistency of the beautiful clashes, resonances, and dissonances never fail to lure my attention and tickle my perceptions. Yet, this builds up more than it tears down. Sublime in its subversion.
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Over the course of three decades, visionary bassist/producer Bill Laswell has been one of the most prolific and restlessly creative forces in contemporary music, always a few steps ahead of the curve, EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION.
AGAINST EMPIRE, a new category of magical, electro/acoustic technology. Further research may shed a most revealing light on the development of sound storage in material culture.
AGAINST EMPIRE projects a hybrid activity, constantly evolving texture crashes against smooth, unfolding rhythms built around the solid and elastic drum foundations of four iconic drummers - Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Hideo Yamaki (Japan's top dummer) and Satoyasu Shomura (Japanese pop phenomenon). The legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, especially known for his radical collaborations with John Coltrane, versatile multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum, minimal contributions from the great Herbie Hancock on electric piano and the unmistakable touch of master percussionist Adam Rudolph.
AGAINST EMPIRE, an iconoclast offering of multi-directional movements .... avant-jazz, rock, dub, experimental, ambient, sub-bass and on and on .... a dream colonization, a bizarre image of paradise, an imagined quality of elsewhere, construct of the imagination, essence of difference.
Nothing is True, Everything Is Permitted
AGAINST the EMPIRE of LIES
AGAINST the ANTI-MUSIC of MEDIOCRITY
AGAINST COMPLACENCY and COMPROMISE
AGAINST SHAMELESS and UNINFORMED PRIVILEGE
AGAINST INHERENT RACISM DIRECT or INDIRECT, KNOWN or UNKNOWN
Hell’s Kitchen, NYC
release: April 10, 2020 / M.O.D. Reloaded
released April 10, 2020
alll songs written by Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell: bass, effects
Pharoah Sanders: saxophone
Peter Apfelbaum: saxophone, flute, keyboards
Herbie Hancock: electric piano
Jerry Marotta: drums
Chad Smith: drums
Hideo Yamaki: drums
Satoyasu Shomura: drums
Adam Rudolph: percussion
created at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
engineering: James Dellatacoma
mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio NYC