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Bill Laswell

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Over the course of some three decades, visionary bassist-producer Bill Laswell has been one of the most prolific and restlessly creative forces in contemporary music. A sound conceptualist who has always been a step ahead of the curve, he has put his inimitable stamp on nearly 3,000 recording projects by such artists as Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Bootsy Collins, Nine Inch Nails, Motorhead, Peter Gabriel, Blur, The Ramones, George Clinton, Pharaoh Sanders, The Dalai Lama, Matisyahu, Angelique Kidjo, DJ Krush, RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Sting, The Last Poets, Afrika Bambaataa, Julian Schnabel, Whitney Houston, Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti and most notably Herbie Hancock, who collaborated with Laswell for the pivotal 1983 smash-hit single "Rock-It" which introduced scratching to the mainstream, inspired a generation of turntablists and gave the great jazz pianist instant street credibility among the burgeoning hip-hop cognoscenti. Laswell's sense of creative daring as a producer was further demonstrated on several recordings that have kept him on the cutting edge, including Afrika Bambaataa's collaboration with John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols fame) on World Destruction and PiL's Album (which brought together an unlikely pairing of drumming greats Ginger Baker and Tony Williams, synth-pop pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra fame and rising guitar star Steve Vai)

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Misogi

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Misogi;

Album

The Cleansing

Label: Tzadik
Released: 2022
Track listing: Brion Gysin; Aleister Crowley; Austin Osman Spare; William Burroughs; Alejandro Jodorowsky; The Cleansing

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Early Miles Electric music, Bill Laswell Remixes and '80s Jazz Fusion

Read "Early Miles Electric music, Bill Laswell Remixes and '80s Jazz Fusion" reviewed by Len Davis


We begin with some early electric Miles Davis from The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions. Bill Laswell remix of The Music Of Miles Davis. And we explore music from the '80s with Jasper Van't Hof Live In Montreaux, Mike Mainier, The Brecker Brothers and Don Grolnick.Playlist Miles Davis “Splashdown" from The Complete In ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles And Bill And Some New Releases

Read "Miles And Bill And Some New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show all new releases from Evan Drybread, John Zorn with Bill Laswell, Stefan Orins Trio, Toni Mora Quartet, Tony Malaby with Angelica Sanchez & Tom Rainey, Brandee Younger, High Pulp, Oded Tzur, Florian Hoefner Trio, and Mary Halvorson. There is also look back at the work of the Bill Evans Trio and Miles Davis' ...

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Article: Interview

Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini

Read "Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il percorso musicale del chitarrista Roberto Zorzi è così ricco ed eclettico che è impossibile includerlo in un particolare genere musicale. L'iniziale amore per visionari artisti rock come Robert Fripp e Brian Eno s'è arricchito nel tempo di approcci, tanto liberi quanto anticonvenzionali, di Derek Bailey e altri esponenti dell'avanguardia inglese degli anni settanta. La ricerca ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Sounds, Different Directions

Read "New Sounds, Different Directions" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Featured on this week's show new material from talented guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos, cutting edge piano trio explorations from Mostly Other People Do The Killing, great new improvisations from Adam Nolan's trio and Massimo Magee with a variety of different partners. There's also a brand new release from Diego Rivera plus a couple of new albums featuring ...

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Article: Album Review

Sly5thAve & Roberto Verastegui: Agua de Jamaica

Read "Agua de Jamaica" reviewed by Peter Jones


Despite its title, this genre-busting album has nothing to do with reggae or Jamaican dancehall. In fact, it's a fresh-as-paint melange of jazz, electro-pop and hip-hop. Agua de Jamaica is the work of a Texan and a Mexican: Sly5thAve (real name Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II) and Roberto Verástegui originally met as jazz students in Texas, and ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes

Read "Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitarist & composer Stephan Thelen's experimental guitar-fest Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2019) was followed by Fractal Guitar Remixes And Extra Tracks (MoonJune Records, 2019), a substantially fresh look at the material, as well as an expansion. For the sequel Fractal Guitar 2 (Moonjune Records, 2021) Thelen produced an even more radical approach to contemporary guitar-driven music. ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021

Read "John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021" reviewed by John Pietaro


This year in which we celebrated the return of live performance and simultaneously foresaw a rise in virus numbers and the resumption of show and venue closings, the pervasive issue remains on the anti-vax know-nothings affecting the lives of the careful, caring and compliant. Health regs and advisories as simple as getting a lifesaving vaccine are ...


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