Means of Deliverance Review by CD HotList

Bassist and producer Bill Laswell can always be counted on to come up with something he’s never done before, which is pretty impressive when you consider what a wide range of things he’s done over the course of a wildly peripatetic career spanning several decades. His latest unprecedented project is an album of tracks for unaccompanied acoustic bass guitar. As one might expect, it’s strange and thoroughly lovely; sometimes he multitracks and sometimes he adds subtle effects, but for the most part his bass is left to stand alone with only his compositional and improvisational skill to hold your attention. One especially nice track features vocals from Laswell’s wife, the Ethiopian-born Gigi Shibabaw. Very highly recommended.

by Rick Anderson for CD HotList