Friday, December 17, 2004

no-wave christmas pt 7: Material

To catch up on what exactly is going on, read this post first. A summary: Ze Records, 1981, no-wave and mutant disco, christmas.

The seventh track on the holiday compilation was from Material. Even today Material has new releases all the time under the healm of Bill Laswell.

One of the most high-profile projects of the endlessly prolific bassist and producer Bill Laswell, Material pioneered a groundbreaking fusion of jazz, funk, and punk that also incorporated elements of hip-hop and world music well before either's entrance into the mass cultural consciousness. Formed in 1979, the first Material lineup consisted of Laswell, multi-instrumentalist Michael Beinhorn, and drummer Fred Maher, all three staples of the downtown New York City underground music scene. The group, plus Kramer and a few others backed Gong's Daevid Allen during his New York visit, resulting in the album About Time by New York Gong. After Material's debut LP under their own name, Temporary Music, the group's ranks swelled to include figures ranging from Sonny Sharrock to Henry Threadgill to Fred Frith, additions which yielded 1981's superb Memory Serves. A guest list running the gamut from Nile Rodgers to a then-unknown Whitney Houston distinguished the avant funk of 1982's One Down, the final Material LP before a nearly decade-long hiatus; Laswell finally reassembled the troops in 1989 to record the atmospheric Seven Souls, which spotlighted the spoken word performances of the legendary William S. Burroughs. 1991's The Third Power brought the group back to its soulful roots, with guests including Herbie Hancock, Sly & Robbie, Maceo Parker, and the Jungle Brothers.

7. Material w/ Nona Hendrix - Its a Holiday

Buy some Material goods.


At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd forgotten about 1/2 of these songs.... Bought this album when it came out... well, I actually got it used, but soon after it came out, soon. It went away with an old GF... who was much younger when she stole my records! (Thanks for reminding me!)
Thanks for posting these, I'd missed them somehow without even knowing it.


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