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With over 25 years of experience as a touring musician and composer and over 700 albums to his credit, producer and bassist Bill Laswell has collaborated with some of the most illustrious names in music across all genres and boundaries, including Buckethead, Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger, Laurie Anderson, Pharoah Sanders, Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, The Last Poets, Buddy Miles, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Afrika Bambaataa, Tony Williams, Public Image Ltd., Peter Gabriel and countless others. He has also organized and produced recordings with master musicians from around the world, having logged extensive travel in Morocco and West Africa, India, Japan, Cuba, Australia, Brazil, and numerous other locations throughout Asia, Africa and South America. In the United States and abroad, his name has become synonymous with a commitment to creativity, integrity and daring — whether in the recording studio or on stage — that has earned him the respect (and often lifelong friendship) of all the artists with whom he has worked.

Bill Laswell was born in Salem, Illinois in 1955 and fell into music originally for social rather than aesthetic reasons; he has often been quoted as saying “a band was like a gang.” He started on guitar but soon switched to electric bass, and in his earliest groups played soul and funk music inspired by the likes of James Brown and Johnny “Guitar” Watson.


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  • gunterheidrich

    Heard the full 7min "Somma Tummo" driving to work in the dark early one morning on WPFW. It was totally radio unfriendly and I knew it was kismet from the outset of the growling dirge.

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • greatfox142

    A total genius. [3]

    23 Jan 2014 Reply
  • DeValanten

    Spectacular man!

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • theoldanarchist

    Does anyone know how to contact Laswell directly? I found no contact information on Laswell's home page.

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    I've just checked out what a brilliant album of uneasy post-punk funk urban ambience.

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • michalovic1504

    "Means of Deliverance Web" - sounds like someone, who is terribly bored or just started to learn play bass

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • In_bloom_

    a total genius.[2]

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • methodpt

    Great respect for Bill Laswell! He's a legend, awesome works.

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Nochek

    a total genius.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • furs_of1

    what a talent and mind!

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • goofyrat

    "dreams of freedom" is a sensational album, what an atmosphere

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Zero_my_hero

    happy birthday, Mr. Laswell!

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    legend !!

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • SatanEsCholo

    He is the MAN ! :{D

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • MrMushroom123

    crazy people listen to crazy music

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • elcrayon

    Laswell is a crazy man, full of dense obscure stuff.

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • MODTechnologies

    a lot of different things going on with the Invisible Design albums on Tzadik. Solo bass. 2012 will see some solo shows, starting with one planned in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on January 7 - part of Winter Jazz Fest.

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • stefanFP

    Bill's style IS dubby. Don't you ask him to go any other way. ;)

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    Does Bill have any solo albums where he really showcases his bassplaying in a virtuoso sort of style, rather than dubby. Not sure how to ask what I'm asking for, but there is a video on youtube of him jamming with Derek Bailey, DJ Disk and Jack DeJohnette, and his playing on that is some of the most impressive I've heard from him... I'd like to hear more like it.

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
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