Bill Laswell

Real Name:
William Otis Laswell
Profile:
American bassist, producer and record label owner. Also owner of the Orange Music (5) studio, in West Orange, New Jersey, since 1997.

Born February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan. He was married to Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw alias Gigi.

Laswell ranks among the most prolific of musicians, being involved in hundreds of recordings with many musicians from all over the world. Laswell's music draws upon many different genres, most notably funk, various world music, jazz, dub and ambient styles. He has also played or produced music from the noisier, more aggressive end of the rock spectrum, like hardcore punk and metal.
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60221-1, 60221 Baselines — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Baselines (Album) Elektra Musician, Elektra Musician 60221-1, 60221 US 1983 Sell This Version
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28-JAL-3080 The Noise Of Trouble – Live In Tokyo — Bill Laswell Last ExitSonny Sharrock, Peter Brötzmann, Bill Laswell, Shannon Jackson* With Herbie Hancock, Akira Sakata Last ExitSonny Sharrock, Peter Brötzmann, Bill Laswell, Shannon Jackson* With Herbie Hancock, Akira Sakata - The Noise Of Trouble – Live In Tokyo(LP, Album) Enemy Records 28-JAL-3080 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
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CELCD 5016, CELL 5016 Low Life — Bill Laswell Brötzmann* / Laswell* Brötzmann* / Laswell* - Low Life (Album) Celluloid CELCD 5016, CELL 5016 US 1987 Sell This Version
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VE-12 Hear No Evil — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Hear No Evil (Album) Virgin, Venture VE-12 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
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TKCB-30574 Improvised Music New York 1981 — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Charles K. Noyes Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Charles K. Noyes - Improvised Music New York 1981 (Album) MuWorks Records TKCB-30574 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
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518 344-2 Asian Games — Bill Laswell Yosuke Yamashita / Bill Laswell / Ryuichi Sakamoto Yosuke Yamashita / Bill Laswell / Ryuichi Sakamoto - Asian Games (Album) Verve Forecast 518 344-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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314-524 053-4, 314-524 054-4, 314-524 055-4 Axiom Ambient - Lost In The Translation — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Axiom Ambient - Lost In The Translation (Album) Axiom, Axiom 314-524 053-4, 314-524 054-4, 314-524 055-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
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PS 08/66 Outer Dark — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Outer Dark (Album) Fax +49-69/450464 PS 08/66 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
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SD 7006-2 Visitation — Bill Laswell Jonah Sharp / Bill Laswell Jonah Sharp / Bill Laswell - Visitation (Album) Subharmonic SD 7006-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
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SD 7005-2 Psychonavigation — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell / Pete Namlook Bill Laswell / Pete Namlook - Psychonavigation (Album) Subharmonic SD 7005-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
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LW 001 Silent Recoil — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Silent Recoil (Album) Low LW 001 US 1995 Sell This Version
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SD 7010-2 Web — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell & Terre Thaemlitz Bill Laswell & Terre Thaemlitz - Web (Album) Subharmonic SD 7010-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
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SNTX 2080 Somnific Flux — Bill Laswell M.J. Harris* & Bill Laswell M.J. Harris* & Bill Laswell - Somnific Flux (Album) Sentrax SNTX 2080 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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SR 82 Bass Terror — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell / Nicholas James Bullen* Bill Laswell / Nicholas James Bullen* - Bass Terror (Album) Sub Rosa SR 82 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
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SD 7009-2 Cymatic Scan — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell / Tetsu Inoue Bill Laswell / Tetsu Inoue - Cymatic Scan (Album) Subharmonic SD 7009-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
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SR109 Oscillations — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Oscillations (Album) Sub Rosa SR109 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
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49178850, 99 2150 Russian Chants «Parastas» ~Ambient Mix~ — Bill Laswell Boris Feoktistov Featuring Remixer Bill Laswell Boris Feoktistov Featuring Remixer Bill Laswell - Russian Chants «Parastas» ~Ambient Mix~ (Album) 99 Records 49178850, 99 2150 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
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PK 08/108 The Dark Side Of The Moog IV — Bill Laswell The Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell The Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell - The Dark Side Of The Moog IV (Album) Fax +49-69/450464 PK 08/108 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
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PK 08/123 The Dark Side Of The Moog V — Bill Laswell The Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell The Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell - The Dark Side Of The Moog V (Album) Fax +49-69/450464 PK 08/123 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
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TECN-30336 Interpieces Organization — Bill Laswell Haruomi Hosono & Bill Laswell Haruomi Hosono & Bill Laswell - Interpieces Organization (Album) Baidis TECN-30336 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
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SG007 Sample Material: International Free​-​Zone — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Sample Material: International Free​-​Zone(CD, Album) Sounds Good SG007 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
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MPG 74043 Into The Outlands — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Into The Outlands(CD, Album, RE) Movieplay Gold MPG 74043 Portugal 1997 Sell This Version
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RUSCD 8233 Sacred System: Chapter Two — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell / Sacred System Bill Laswell / Sacred System - Sacred System: Chapter Two (Album) ROIR RUSCD 8233 US 1997 Sell This Version
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SR122 Oscillations (Remixes) — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Oscillations (Remixes) (Album) Sub Rosa SR122 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
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WSLP021 Dub Meltdown — Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Meets Style Scott Bill Laswell Meets Style Scott - Dub Meltdown (Album) WordSound WSLP021 US 1997 Sell This Version

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stargrazer

stargrazer

July 21, 2022
edited 4 months ago
Curious what Alex Savage/OMFG has to do with Bill Laswell (and why Alex is listed as an “alias” of Bill under several of his subgroups i.e. Sacred System, Chaos Face etc.)
worldwidewebber

worldwidewebber

June 17, 2022
If you are able, the great Bill Laswell needs our help:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-please-help-bill-laswell
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

June 9, 2022
Trevor Jackson: “Bill Laswell is legendary, a master producer, a killer bassplayer, a radical sound magician. He made some of the best records of the 80s, (via his band Material, the Celluloid label, his work with Herbie Hancock etc) & has never stopped.”
vanez.art

vanez.art

January 31, 2019
edited over 4 years ago
Bill I don't care just let me tap my bass and make some tabla drum'n'bass Laswell. A straight up beast of a musician/producer/band starter. I've always looked up to this guy.
a-one69

a-one69

July 8, 2018
A true musical genius. I was a fan long ago and just re-discovered. Hard to find some of his best stuff on vinyl - even on Discogs. Worth checking out his Bandcamp and personal pages though.
Desert-Rhythm

Desert-Rhythm

January 26, 2018
One of the best musician! he can go from one genre to another as no one can do! Happy to have found this artist, a long time fan!
hal8999_

hal8999_

November 21, 2011
I second jaxxalude's comments. From his production on herbie hancock's (love it or hate it) seminal Future Shock album, his own band material, itself a rotating cast of incredible musicians, to side projects including the invisibl scratch picklz, rob swift, jah wobble, his unbelievable live shows, the painkiller project, his experimental works with John Zorn, his dub projects, forays into hip hop, his axiom ambient projects, hardcore and glitch with mick harris, drum and bass, production on the golden palominos, work with haruomi hosono (of YMO fame in japan), you name it this man is literally EVERWHERE. His "chinese dub" album is, alone, worthy of crediting him as a genius. His extensive, impressive, trail-blazing career spans 5 decades already (70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s) and he is as creative as he is prolific.
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jaxxalude

jaxxalude

November 30, 2003
Strange that no comment is still done about such an important figure in music. Not just electronic. In music, period. Bill Laswell's music is not one to be tagged, simply because this man has travelled so many musical roads. His discography is almost impossible to be updated, given his almost inhuman work rate. But wherever he is, his influence is felt. One thing is for sure: as a bass player, it is hard to beat this man's abilities. And as a producer, he is simply one of the most creative and groundbreaking people ever to walk this planet. He may not hit the mark all the time (and given his work rate, that is impossible). But when he hits the mark... boy, we can almost say he hits the jackpot!
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