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Bill Laswell - Imaginary Cuba

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
09/14/1999
Artist
Bill Laswell
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
RCA
Duration
00:57:26

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Bassist and producer Bill Laswell has dabbled in several varieties of African music over the long and circuitous course of his career, with uneven results. But Latin America is a region he's left largely alone, until now. Imaginary Cuba finds him taking an approach somewhat similar to the one he employed on his Off World One project -- building on a foundation of field recordings, he constructs complex and often dub-inflected sound collages that sound like no one but Laswell while still maintaining respect for the music's origins. Laswell's distinctive bass style -- heavy, yet almost singingly melodic -- and his penchant for dubwise echo and fade techniques are what make this music recognizably his, but the raw materials that form its basis come from Cuban artists like Tata Guines, Frank Emilio, and the Septeto Nacional. Massed, trance-inducing drums, musichall piano, call-and-response vocals, and various unidentified stringed instruments are all part of the mix, and the rhythmic stew that Laswell cooks up using all of these ingredients is rich, thick, and spicy. Highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

1) Habana Transmission #1/Avisale a la Vecina Dub - Bill Laswell (04:57)
2) Para Clave y Guaguanco - De Jesus, Amado / Hernández, DeDéu (03:04)
3) Loungin With F.E. - Frank Emilio Flynn (01:09)
4) Chacón and Daniel - Bill Laswell (04:26)
5) Déjala en la Puntica - De Jesus, Amado / Hernández, DeDéu (02:21)
6) Habana Transmission #2/Cuban Evolution - Bill Laswell (04:39)
7) Los Ibellis - Ibellis, Blo / Bill Laswell (06:37)
8) Habana Transmission #3/Shango Sound Scan - Los Ibellis (04:44)
9) Hombre Lobo, No! Hombre Nuevo, Si - Bill Laswell (03:48)
10) Guerillero Heroico - Bill Laswell (03:33)
11) Shango - Los Ibellis (01:15)
12) Pompa at the House - Guillermo Pompa (01:53)
13) Madre No Me Pida in Dub - Raúl Planas (03:37)
14) Chaos in the Heat - Bill Laswell (04:49)
15) Drafting Shadows/Leaving la Habana - Bill Laswell (06:34)

Album
Imaginary Cuba
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Imaginary Cuba | Bill Laswell