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Bill Laswell

b, *1955 US, Salem, Illinois
Musician / Producer of Electronic
A.k.a. Automaton Divination Jazzonia Rasa (3) Sacred System The Colonel (3) Valis

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.

  • Bass
  • Trumpet
  • Cornet
  • Bass guitar
  • Percussion
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Alsema Dub on Radioaxiom: A Dub Transmission by Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell
Enharmonic on In Dub by Bill Laswell
Improvised Music #1 on Improvised Music New York 1981 by Various Artists
Divination One on Ambient Dub vol I by Bill Laswell
Residue on In Dub by Bill Laswell
Occult Persuasion on In Dub by Bill Laswell
Alam Dub on Radioaxiom: A Dub Transmission by Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell
Subcode on Radioaxiom: A Dub Transmission by Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
FunkcronomicBill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Karsh Kale2016Album
The StoneHideo Yamaki, Bill Laswell, The Stone2016Single
The Road To The Western LandsWilliam S. Burroughs / Bill Laswell, Randesign2016Album
Risurrezione - DuboperaMasahiro Shimba, Bill Laswell2016Album
Tagnawwit - Holy Black Gnawa TranceMaâlem Mokhtar Gania & Bill Laswell2016Album
On Brion GysinBill Laswell2015Album
Untaken PathBill Laswell & Hideo Yamaki2015Single
Bass CultureBill Laswell2015Album
DuboperaBill Laswell2015Album
The ProcessJonathan Batiste, Chad Smith, Bill Laswell2014Album
The Dream MembraneDavid Chaim Smith, Bill Laswell, John Zorn2014Album
Bilmawn - Little VillageBill Laswell2014Single
The StoneWadada Leo Smith & Bill Laswell, The Stone2014Single
The StoneMilford Graves & Bill Laswell, The Stone2014Single
Space/Time • RedemptionMilford Graves & Bill Laswell2014Album
ShuenBill Laswell2014Single
Kauai : The Arch Of HeavenBill Laswell2014Album
Means Of DeliveranceBill Laswell2012Album
Túwaqachi (The Fourth World)Bill Laswell2012Album
Near NadirMark Nauseef - Ikue Mori - Evan Parker - Bill Laswell2011Album
Dub Of The PassoverDavid Gould vs Bill Laswell2011Album
Bass & DrumsBill Laswell, Tatsuya Nakamura, Hideo Yamaki2011Album
BlixtRaoul Björkenheim / Bill Laswell / Morgan Ågren2011Album
Invisible Design IIBill Laswell2009Album
LodgeFanu + Bill Laswell2008Album
No MatterMark Nauseef - Kudsi Erguner - Markus Stockhausen - Bill Laswell2008Album
Live At The Bowery Poetry Project 11/07/04Robert Musso, Bill Laswell & Lance Carter2007Album
Low Life / Last ExitPeter Brötzmann / Bill Laswell2007Compil.
NeftakhirMaghrebika with Bill Laswell, Broken Silence2006Album
Roots Tonic Meets Bill LaswellRoots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell2006Album
EpisomeOtomo Yoshihide / Bill Laswell / Tatsuya Yoshida2006Album
Todd Bridges On Lockdown (Temulent Remix) / Summary Execution (Corrupt Souls Remix)Bill Laswell vs. Submerged2005Album
AFTERMATHematics instruMENTAL - Rhythm And RecurrenceBill Laswell · DXT2004Album
Brutal CallingBill Laswell vs. Submerged, Disk Union2004Album
MassafatAzzddine With Bill Laswell2004Album
Soup LiveOtomo Yoshihide, Bill Laswell, Yasuhiro Yoshigaki2004Album
A Navel City / No One Is ThereHoppy Kamiyama + Bill Laswell2004Album
Version 2 Version: A Dub TransmissionBill Laswell2004Album
Photo Op Before A Long Hard FuckBill Laswell vs. Submerged / Fracture & Neptune2003Album
SoupOtomo Yoshihide, Bill Laswell, Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, Gok Sound2003Album
Roir Dub SessionsBill Laswell2003Compil.
Final OscillationsBill Laswell2003Compil.
Book Of Exit : Dub Chamber 4Bill Laswell / Sacred System2002Album
Radioaxiom RemixedJah Wobble & Bill Laswell2002Album
Shy AngelsSussan Deyhim2002Album
Points Of OrderBill Laswell2001Album
Radioaxiom – A Dub TransmissionJah Wobble • Bill Laswell2001Album
Filmtracks 2000Bill Laswell2001Compil.
Life Space DeathToshinori Kondo And Bill Laswell Featuring His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso2001Album
Hear No Evil (Ambient Re-Orchestrations)Bill Laswell2000Single
Emerald Aether: Shape ShiftingBill Laswell2000Album
Dub Chamber 3Bill Laswell2000Album
Lo. Def PressureBill Laswell2000Album
Re-charged #1Toshinori Kondo, Eraldo Bernocchi, Bill Laswell2000Album
Imaginary CubaBill Laswell1999Album
Broken VesselsBill Laswell1999Album
Invisible DesignBill Laswell1999Album
ChargedToshinori Kondo, Eraldo Bernocchi, Bill Laswell1999Album
Hashisheen : The End Of LawBill Laswell1999Album
Imaginary Cuba: Deconstructing HavanaBill Laswell And Sacred System1999Album
Oscillations 2Bill Laswell1998Album
MeridiemPercy Howard, Charles Hayward, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell1998Album
The Dark Side Of The Moog VIIThe Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell1998Album
Moody's Mood For LoveBill Laswell1998Single
PermutationBill Laswell1998Album
The Dark Side Of The Moog VIThe Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell1997Album
Dub MeltdownBill Laswell Meets Style Scott1997Album
Oscillations (Remixes)Bill Laswell1997Album
Oscillations (Nico & Scanner Remixes)Bill Laswell1997Album
City Of LightBill Laswell1997Album
Sacred System: Chapter TwoBill Laswell / Sacred System1997Album
Interpieces OrganizationHaruomi Hosono & Bill Laswell1996Album
The Dark Side Of The Moog IVThe Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell1996Album
OscillationsBill Laswell1996Album
The Dark Side Of The Moog VThe Dark Side Of The Moog Featuring Bill Laswell1996Album
Russian Chants «Parastas» ~Ambient Mix~Boris Feoktistov Featuring Remixer Bill Laswell1996Album
Ambient CompendiumBill Laswell1996Compil.
WebBill Laswell & Terre Thaemlitz1995Album
Somnific FluxMick Harris & Bill Laswell1995Album
Silent RecoilBill Laswell1995Album
Bass TerrorBill Laswell / Nicholas Bullen1995Album
Axiom Ambient - Lost In The TranslationBill Laswell1994Album
Outer DarkBill Laswell1994Album
VisitationJonah Sharp / Bill Laswell1994Album
Asian GamesYosuke Yamashita / Bill Laswell / Ryuichi Sakamoto1993Album
Deconstruction - The Celluloid RecordingsBill Laswell1993Compil.
Improvised Music New York 1981Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Charles K. Noyes, Tokuma Japan Communications Co., Ltd.1992Album
Hear No EvilBill Laswell1988Album
Low LifePeter Brötzmann / Bill Laswell1987Album
WorksongBill Laswell1984Album
Bill Laswell Material And FriendsBill Laswell1984Compil.
BaselinesBill Laswell1983Album
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