Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Sacred System: Chapter 2
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest
Immediately after remixing Bob Marley for Island / Tuff Gong / Axiom for a "new" dub electronic release (Sept. 26, 1997) and performing a similar task on Miles Davis for Sony / Columbia for a dub-oriented instrumental rele... more »
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Immediately after remixing Bob Marley for Island / Tuff Gong / Axiom for a "new" dub electronic release (Sept. 26, 1997) and performing a similar task on Miles Davis for Sony / Columbia for a dub-oriented instrumental release (Winter '98), Laswell went into his new Orange, NJ studio to produce "Sacred System: Chapter Two," his 2nd release for ROIR. With the sounds of Marley and Miles still ringing in his ears, he brought jazz cornetist Graham Haynes, master guitarist Nicky Skopelitis, ace world percussionist Bill Buchen and Jamaican drumming legend Style Scott into the studio to create a new Laswell World Sound - a mixture of Arabic, Indian and Bitches Brew jazz - but Laswell NEW.
Kon Tiki | Dallas, TX | 06/14/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Mr. Laswell has now released many, many CD's... and is not slowing down anytime soon. Needless to say, it is getting harder and harder to find the choice discs. Sacred System, Chapter 2 is not one of them. I found it a tad more challenging than I cared for, and liked Imaginary Cuba even less. However, I remain a huge fan and after picking up the excellent 'Dub Chamber 3', I will continue to buy his stuff. Dub on."
Add a dash of...something
Stargrazer | deep in the heart of Michigan | 12/09/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Very good by conventional music standards -- deep, rich, rhythmic, well-engineered and superb as background music for parties, studying, or turning inward. If you are bored with mainstream (or even the top layer of underground) music, check this out.
But, as alluded to in other reviews, a bit homogenous for Laswell. He has a killer formula, but it's still a formula."
Slick, Stylish, Ambitious
Scott McFarland | Manassas, VA United States | 03/31/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Laswell is definitely aiming here to channel the spirit of Miles Davis (with a dash of Jon Hassell). Sonically this sounds quite a bit like "Panthalassa" where Laswell remixed some classic Miles moments into something slick, digestible, and in my opinion inferior to the original. This isn't "dub" so much as it is Laswell's take on Miles and Jon Hassell's musics, with his own rhythmic style thrown in. ("Anubis" sounds explicitly like Laswell's remix of Miles' "Black Satin", it's exactly the same rhythmic concept.)
Given that this is new music, I am able to judge it on its own merits and not in relation to the greatest recordings of recent history (whereas I judge "Panthalassa" to be a waste of money). There's a lot to like here. The beats and bass are sublime. As a collection of rhythm tracks, this is up there with "Ekstasis" as a master work. Structurally though, the pieces drift too much (they're too static, they go nowhere over too long a time). Less than much modern electronic music, but too much for this to be called great.
It's pretty smooth and pretty interesting, though.