“Even though Bill Laswell was already immersed in numerous projects since the end of the ’70s, including leading his loose ensemble Material, he didn’t release a solo record until 1984, and Baselines was quite a strange album. On the one hand, there’s “Upright Man,” one of the most infectious grooves Laswell has ever conceived, boasting ace bass playing and a weird taped sermon as sort-of lead vocals. Then there’s “Work Song,” which is funky and catchy and features Phillip Wilson’s somewhat off-beat drumming (pun intended). The other tracks are more experimental and weird (…) drawing on Ronald Shannon Jackson’s irate drumming, Michael Beinhorn’s acid-drenched synths and snippets of tapes and shortwave, the stuttering horns of George Lewis and Ralph Carney, the undescribable contributions of Fred Frith, and the vocalisms and percussion (rhythmic and non-rhythmic) David Moss provides. If the somewhat comparable work by Material left you craving more, you will certainly want to give this album a try”. [Source]
One Reply to “Bill Laswell – Upright Man (1983)”
Thanks for reminding me about this album. One of my favorite of all times It ties so many of my favorite people and styles together. Cheers.