Bill Laswell: bassist, situationist, music lover with a dreamer’s vision, or appropriationist/opportunist? Detractors have made the case for the latter, but for some of us, the aim is true, and broad. He seems obsessed with the idea of alluding to and borrowing from traditions around the world-and the block-and reshaping those found impulses into something fresh, even if inchoate, searching for closure. He is, in a sense, the perfect post-ambient musician, creating atmospheric works less about neat conclusions and narcissistic solos than they are about open-ended ideas.
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