Against Empire (24 bit)

by Bill Laswell

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $15 USD  or more


Tabu 16:16
Shadowline 15:05


released April 20, 2020

Over the course of three decades, visionary bassit/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 catagory of magical, electro/acoustic technology. Further research may shed a most revealing light on thr 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 saxophoniost 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... more
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

Hideo Yamaki management: Sakurako Yamaki
technical support: Yoshihiko Akiyama

photo by Toshiya Suzuki
artwork & design by Yoko Yamabe @ Randesign

M.O.D. Reloaded: Dave Brunelle, Yoko Yamabe

Bill Laswell uses Ampeg amplification & D'Addario string


all rights reserved



Bill Laswell New York, New York

contact / help

Contact Bill Laswell

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Bill Laswell, you may also like: