The Process. An album.
Transformative pianist and uplifting young visionary from New York City via New Orleans – Jon Batiste, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer – Chad Smith and legendary bassist / producer – Bill Laswell, detonate avant-funk, African styles, electric Miles Davis, Meters, Mutant Hip Hop, Ginger Baker…and more, on their album called The Process. A sonic / musical assault…featuring Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Killah Priest (Wu-Tang Clan) and others.
“I wanted to take a risk and be inspired by other musicians who feel the same. There was no music written before we got to the studio. Whatever comes into your head. Grab a rhythm and run with it. Jon and I had an unspoken musical telepathy from the very first time we jammed at the church in Harlem. He’s the main inspiration for me wanting to do this. Bill is kind of a mad scientist, his work speaks for itself…and it has been cool to see how he works. This is very different from the Peppers. The basic recording and music was done in short 3-day sessions. Everyone was out of their musical comfort zones. That was Bill’s idea, and it was challenging not to fall back and go for what you know. I tried not to play grooves I’ve done before. I know Jon was stretching as well. This project was an exercise in growth and trust.” – Chad Smith, The Red Hot Chili Peppers
“This recording experience and meeting of musicians from fairly diverse backgrounds and histories began as an idea. The original idea was to film unfamiliar musicians playing together in a room with no preconceived direction. Over time it began to transform into making a record. Here were Chad Smith, the versatile drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, full of raw energy and surprises with a natural feel, rock solid time sense, and sense of humor; and Jon Batiste, a young virtuoso piano prodigy with a wide harmonic sensibility, great phrasing and a tight rhythmic flow. A son of New Orleans and the renowned Batiste family. Beginning by exploring each other’s musicianship, laying out fundamental structures and patterns, morphing them into new and alternate shapes fused together to form constructs – then adding new sounds, words and first-rate musicians to the growing core. I kept saying: it’s a Process, it takes time…The result is strikingly unique.” – Bill Laswell, Bassist / Producer
TRACKS: 1. B1 (1:38) 2. Drop Away (5:07) 3. Timeline (4:36) 4. Haunted (5:33) 5. B2 (3:46) 6. Turn on the Light / Ascent (7:06) 7. Black Arc (4:12) 8. Spiral (4:37) 9. B3 (2:00) 10. Time Falls (3:29) 11. The Drift (7:04)
With guests Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Killah Priest (Wu-TangClan), Garrison Hawk, Toshinori Kondo, Peter Apfelbaum, Dominic James.
Available Online now. In stores November 4, 2014.
Watch the newly produced video here: http://www.vimeo.com/107069322
Produced and arranged by Bill Laswell with Jay Bulger, Chad Smith & Jon Batiste. The Process is not a band name but a project / album title.
ABOUT THE LABEL – M.O.D. Technologies – revealing light on the development of new sound experiences in material culture. A multi-directional music / sound / information system. Initiated in 2010 by bassist / producer Bill Laswell and Giacomo Bruzzo, co-founder of the progressive / future music label Rare Noise. M.O.D. – A futuristic hybrid of music exploration – dub / dub step / reggae / world / africa / drum’n’bass / mutant hip hop / avant metal / experimental / vocal music / instrumental / DJ culture and much more. M.O.D. resumes and continues the legacy of AXIOM, the timeless imprint established in 1989 by Bill Laswell with Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. http://www.mod-technologies.com
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