Means of Deliverance by Relix

It’s a rare bassist who can turn out a true solo recording that’s as full-bodied and gripping as the music he makes in the company of others. But Bill Laswell—one of the most prolific and inventive masters of the bass guitar to come along in the past few decades—proves with Means Of Deliverance that he’s more than capable of pulling off that feat. Playing an acoustic Alien bass manufactured by Warwick, Laswell is at turns lyrical, assertive, experimental and even orchestral on these 10 tracks. Each sports its own personality (one features an ethereal vocal by Laswell’s wife, Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw), but what makes Laswell’s creations that much more alluring is his knack for coaxing sounds from his bass that—while retaining all of the instrument’s natural depth—often sound so, well, alien, that they could emanate from another instrument all together.

by Jeff Tamarkin for Relix