Rise Again

Rise Again

by Bill Laswell
     
 

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The most startling thing about this album is the fact that something like this hasn't been done before. How can it be that two of the foremost exponents of extraterrestrial bass-oriented music -- reggae producer and inscrutable solo artist Lee "Scratch" Perry and ubiquitous producer and bassist Bill Laswell -- have failed to collaborate on an album before now? This…  See more details below

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The most startling thing about this album is the fact that something like this hasn't been done before. How can it be that two of the foremost exponents of extraterrestrial bass-oriented music -- reggae producer and inscrutable solo artist Lee "Scratch" Perry and ubiquitous producer and bassist Bill Laswell -- have failed to collaborate on an album before now? This meeting brings out the best of them by, paradoxically, tempering both of their wildest tendencies. Perry's sing-song declamations are quirky as always, but not as flat-out crazy (not to mention childishly scatological) as they have been in other recent contexts; Laswell's bass is just as bottomless and as richly melodic as it usually is, but his tendency toward discursive improvisational chaos has been reined in for purposes of maximum groove production. On the other hand, Laswell has fully indulged his tendency to bring in lots of high-powered and voluptuously funky collaborators, with the result that he and Perry have help from the likes of Senegalese percussionist Aiyb Dieng, P-Funk founding father Bernie Worrell, Brooklyn dubmaster Dr. Israel, reggae legend Sly Dunbar, and the always alluring Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw (whose vocal performance on "Orthodox" is one of the album's highlights), among others. The results are just wonderful: while Perry discusses such favorite topics as his space-alien status ("E.T.") and his role as a divine messenger to the world ("Scratch Message"), Laswell and crew build earth-shaking grooves with a contrastingly soft, spacious dubwise ambience on such standout tracks as "Wake the Dead" (check out the great horn chart, courtesy of Steven Bernstein and Peter Apfelbaum), the soca-flavored "African Revolution," and the dancehall romp "Dancehall Kung Fu." Those who are missing Perry's more whimsical side should check out the crazily dubwise "Inakaya (Japanese Food)." And the program is rounded out by a digital-only remix of "House of God." Hardcore Perry fans will probably be divided on this one, but nevertheless, it's not difficult to conclude that Rise Again is one of his most satisfying releases of the past ten years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
Label:
M.o.d. Technologies
UPC:
0859561002073
catalogNumber:
7
Rank:
90858

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Laswell   Primary Artist,Bass
Bernie Worrell   Keyboards
Peter Apfelbaum   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Aiyb Dieng   Percussion
Hamid Drake   Conga,Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Vocals
Israel   Background Vocals
Josh Werner   Bass
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet
Gintas Janusonis   Drums
Gigi   Vocals
Hawkman   Vocals
Tunde Adebimpe   Vocals
Guy Licata   Percussion,Drums
Aaron Dugan   Guitar
Borahm Lee   Keyboards
Wes Mingus   Guitar
Dominick James   Guitar
Lee Perry & The Sufferers   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

Bill Laswell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Robert Musso   Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer
Yasufumi Higurashi   Executive Producer
James Dellatacoma   Engineer
Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw   Composer
Giacomo Bruzzo   Executive Producer
W.S. Henry   Composer
Akira Kochi   Executive Producer

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