Bill Laswell

Bill Laswell

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Bill Laswell
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Bill Laswell (b. February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan) is an American bassist, producer and record label owner. He is 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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Bill Laswell Discography

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60221-1 Bill Laswell Baselines (Album) Elektra Musician 60221-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
CELL 5016 Brötzmann* - Laswell* Brötzmann* - Laswell* - Low Life (Album) Celluloid CELL 5016 US 1987 Sell This Version
VE-12 Bill Laswell Hear No Evil (Album) Virgin, Venture VE-12 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
TKCB-30574 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
518 344-2 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
PS 08/66 Bill Laswell Outer Dark (Album) Fax +49-69/450464 PS 08/66 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
SD 7006-2 Jonah Sharp / Bill Laswell Jonah Sharp / Bill Laswell - Visitation (Album) Subharmonic SD 7006-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
314-524 053-4, 314-524 054-4, 314-524 055-4 Bill Laswell Axiom Ambient - Lost In The Translation (Album) Axiom 314-524 053-4, 314-524 054-4, 314-524 055-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
SR 82 Bill Laswell / Nicholas James Bullen* Bill Laswell / Nicholas James Bullen* - Bass Terror(CD, Album) Sub Rosa SR 82 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
SNTX 2080 M.J. Harris* & Bill Laswell M.J. Harris* & Bill Laswell - Somnific Flux (Album) Sentrax SNTX 2080 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SD 7009-2 Bill Laswell / Tetsu Inoue Bill Laswell / Tetsu Inoue - Cymatic Scan (Album) Subharmonic SD 7009-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
SD7010-2 Bill Laswell & Terre Thaemlitz Bill Laswell & Terre Thaemlitz - Web (Album) Subharmonic SD7010-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
LW 001 Bill Laswell Silent Recoil(CD, Album) Low LW 001 US 1995 Sell This Version
2150 Boris Feoktistov & Bill Laswell Boris Feoktistov & Bill Laswell - Russian Chants «Parastas» ~Ambient Mix~(CD, Album, Dig) 99 Records 2150 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
M/T60101 Haruomi Hosono & Bill Laswell Haruomi Hosono & Bill Laswell - Interpieces Organization (Album) Baidis M/T60101 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
314 528 038-2 Haruomi Hosono + G. Hotoda*B. Laswell*Y. Terada* Haruomi Hosono + G. Hotoda*B. Laswell*Y. Terada* - N.D.E.(CD, Album) Antilles 314 528 038-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
PK 08/108 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(CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 PK 08/108 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
SR109 Bill Laswell Oscillations (Album) Sub Rosa SR109 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
PK 08/123 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(CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 PK 08/123 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
SR114 Bill Laswell City Of Light (Album) Sub Rosa SR114 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
SR122 Bill Laswell Oscillations (Remixes) (Comp, Album) Sub Rosa SR122 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
PK 08/133 The Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell The Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell - The Dark Side Of The Moog VI(CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 PK 08/133 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
WSLP021 Bill Laswell Meets Style Scott Bill Laswell Meets Style Scott - Dub Meltdown (Album) WordSound WSLP021 US 1997 Sell This Version
RUSCD 8233 Bill Laswell / Sacred System Bill Laswell / Sacred System - Sacred System: Chapter Two (Album) ROIR (Reachout International Records) RUSCD 8233 US 1997 Sell This Version
MPG 74043 Bill Laswell Into The Outlands(CD, Album, RE) Movieplay Gold MPG 74043 Portugal 1997 Sell This Version

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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.
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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