Bill Laswell

~ Person

Legal name: William O. Laswell

Also performs as: Chaos Face, Jazzonia, Rasa (Bill Laswell)

Wikipedia

William Otis Laswell (born February 12, 1955) is an American bass guitarist, record producer, and record label owner. He has been involved in thousands of recordings with many collaborators from all over the world. His music draws from funk, world music, jazz, dub, and ambient styles.

According to music critic Chris Brazier, "Laswell's pet concept is 'collision music' which involves bringing together musicians from wildly divergent but complementary spheres and seeing what comes out." The credo of one record label run by Laswell which typifies much of his work is "Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted". Although his bands may be credited under the same name and often feature the same roster of musicians, the styles and themes explored on different albums can vary dramatically. Material began as a noisy dance music band, but later albums concentrated on hip hop, jazz, or spoken word readings by William S. Burroughs. Most versions of the band Praxis have included guitarist Buckethead, but they have explored different permutations on albums.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1983BaselinesBill Laswell5
1987Low LifePeter Brötzmann & Bill Laswell2
1988Hear No EvilBill Laswell3
1993Asian GamesYosuke Yamashita + Bill LaswellRyuichi Sakamoto1
1994VisitationJonah Sharp & Bill Laswell1
1994Axiom Ambient: Lost in the TranslationBill Laswell1
1994Outer DarkBill Laswell1
1995Silent Recoil: Dub System OneBill Laswell1
1995Somnific FluxM.J. Harris and Bill Laswell2
1995Subsonic 2: Bass TerrorBill Laswell / Nicholas James Bullen1
1995WebBill Laswell & Terre Thaemlitz1
1996The Dark Side of the Moog IVPete Namlook & Klaus Schulze & Bill Laswell54
1996Interpieces OrganizationHaruomi Hosono & Bill Laswell1
1996The Dark Side of the Moog VPete Namlook & Klaus Schulze & Bill Laswell33
1996OscillationsBill Laswell2
1996Sacred System Chapter One: Book of EntranceBill Laswell2
1997The Dark Side of the Moog VIPete Namlook & Klaus Schulze & Bill Laswell52
1997City of LightBill Laswell1
1997Dub MeltdownBill Laswell & Style Scott1
1997Sacred System: Chapter TwoBill Laswell2
1998JazzoniaBill Laswell1
1998The Dark Side of the Moog VIIPete Namlook & Klaus Schulze & Bill Laswell42
1998MeridiemPercy Howard, Charles Hayward, Fred Frith & Bill Laswell1
1998Oscillations 2Bill Laswell1
1998PermutationBill Laswell1
1999Invisible DesignBill Laswell1
1999Imaginary CubaBill Laswell3
1999ChargedToshinori Kondo, Eraldo Bernocchi, Bill Laswell4
1999Hashisheen: The End of LawBill Laswell2
2000Dub Chamber 3Bill Laswell1
2000Lo. Def PressureBill Laswell1
2000Outland 3Bill Laswell and Pete Namlook1
2001Points of OrderBill Laswell1
2001Radioaxiom: A Dub TransmissionJah Wobble and Bill Laswell3
2002Life Space DeathToshinori Kondo and Bill Laswell feat. His Holiness the Dalai Lama1
2002Book of Exit: Dub Chamber 4Bill Laswell1
2003SoupOtomo Yoshihide, Bill Laswell, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro2
2004Aftermathematics Instrumental: Rhythm and RecurrenceBill Laswell1
2004Brutal CallingBill Laswell vs. Submerged2
2004Version 2 Version: A Dub TransmissionBill Laswell1
2004A Navel City / No One Is ThereHoppy Kamiyama & Bill Laswell1
2004MassafatAzzddine with Bill Laswell1
2005The Stone: Issue OneJohn Zorn, Ben Perowsky, Mike Patton, Bill Laswell, Dave Douglas & Rob Burger1
2006Roots Tonic Meets Bill LaswellBill Laswell & Roots Tonic1
2006EpisomeOtomo Yoshihide, Bill Laswell & Tatsuya Yoshida1
2008LodgeFanu & Bill Laswell3
2008No MatterMark Nauseef / Kudsi Ergüner / Markus Stockhausen / Bill Laswell1
2008Kasbah RockersKasbah Rockers With Bill Laswell1
2009Invisible Design IIBill Laswell1
2011Dub of the PassoverDavid Solid Gould vs Bill Laswell41
2011BlixtRaoul Björkenheim, Bill Laswell & Morgan Ågren1
2011Near NadirMark Nauseef / Ikue Mori / Evan Parker / Bill Laswell1
2012Means of DeliveranceBill Laswell1
2014The Dream MembraneDavid Smith / Bill Laswell / John Zorn1
2014The ProcessJon Batiste, Chad Smith, Bill Laswell3
2014Space/Time • RedemptionMilford Graves & Bill Laswell1
2015Sopko - Laswell - PridgenMike Sopko, Bill Laswell & Thomas Pridgen1
2016After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?Submerged vs. Bill Laswell1
2016Azonic HaloAndy Hawkins, Bill Laswell1
2016Risurrezione - DuboperaMasahiro Shimba & Bill Laswell1
2018NowstalgiaAlexander Haas / Bill Laswell1
2018Mudang Rock 巫堂樂Rudresh Mahanthappa, Henry Kaiser, Bill Laswell & Rudresh Mahanthappa1
2019Realm of SpellsJah Wobble & Bill Laswell1
2019Caravan To The StarsDark Matter Halo With Bill Laswell1
2019Smoke + GlassAlexander Haas / Bill Laswell1
2019Outland 1Bill Laswell & Pete Namlook1
2020Against EmpireBill Laswell1
2020The Acid LandsOpening Performance Orchestra, Bill Laswell & Iggy Pop featuring William S. Burroughs4
2020Kauai - The Arch of HeavenBill Laswell1
2020On Common GroundMike Sopko, Bill Laswell, Tyshawn Sorey1
2021Essay in LightBill Laswell1
2021JazzoniaBill Laswell, Alan Douglas1
2021Sacred CeremoniesWadada Leo Smith With Milford Graves And Bill Laswell1
2021In DubBill Laswell1
2021A Navel City / No One Is ThereHoppy Kamiyama + Bill Laswell1
2021IncidentsAlexander Haas & Bill Laswell1
2022The CleansingJohn Zorn-Bill Laswell2

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1993Deconstruction: The Celluloid RecordingsBill Laswell3
1996Ambient CompendiumBill Laswell2
1997Dreams of FreedomBob Marley & Bill Laswell1
2001Filmtracks 2000Bill Laswell1
2002The Evolution of The Dark Side of the MoogPete Namlook & Klaus Schulze & Bill Laswell52
2003Final OscillationsBill Laswell1
2003ROIR Dub SessionsBill Laswell1
2019EXCAVATION Unauthorized Cut-Up Vol 1Bill Laswell1
2021AsanaBill Laswell1
2021Asana 2Bill Laswell1
2021Asana 3Bill Laswell1
2022Asana 4: Ohm ShantiBill Laswell1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2009Spent: Beats to Bring You BackBill Laswell1

Album + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1999Broken VesselsBill Laswell1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1992Improvised Music New York 1981Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, Bill Laswell & Charles K. Noyes1
2004Soup LiveOtomo Yoshihide, Bill Laswell, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro1
2011Bass & DrumsBill Laswell / Tatsuya Nakamura / Hideo Yamaki1
2014The Stone - April 22, 2014Milford Graves / Bill Laswell1
2014The StoneWadada Leo Smith / Bill Laswell1
2020IZA! NubluHideo Yamaki, Bill Laswell,Peter Apfelbaum1
2020Shinjuku Pit InnYasuaki Shimizu, Bill Laswell, Hideo Yamaki1
2020Gen Jyo RakuBill Laswell, DJ Krush,Gagaku Orchestra1
2020Mooko – Japan ConcertsAkira Sakata, Bill Laswell,Ronald Shannon Jackson,Kiyohiko Semba1

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