Bill Laswell Forms Jazz / Drum and Bass Super Group

Method of DefianceAvant jazz guru Bill Laswell has created Method of Defiance, a new super group that marries drum and bass electronic beats with the improvisation of jazz musicians.

Inamorata is possibly one of his most ambitious projects in a prolific career that has included producing Grammy winning albums and singles for Herbie Hancock – who makes an appearance here on electric piano, flowing over Paradox breaks. All in all, 12 beatsmiths were commissioned from the top tiers of drum n bass – including Black Sun Empire, Evol Intent, Submerged, new wunderkinds Amit, and Fanu, and also Metalheadz stalwarts Outrage and DStar.

Musicians were selected from the Miles Davis era of electronic fusion (Pete Cosey, Dave Liebman) to modern virtuosos such as Buckethead and Nils Petr Molvaer. The world of free jazz and avant composition weighs in throughout, with John Zorn and the Masada Strings, Toshinori Kondo, and legendary tenor player Pharoah Sanders.

According to the group, the concept of combining electronic beatmasters and virtuostic players has yielded a dark vortex of electronics and musicians blending into an infinitely listenable journey.

You can hear a preview of Inamorata below.

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