Personnel: Bill Laswell (bass, sound effects); Nicky Skopelitis (6 & 12 string guitars, coral sitar); Graham Haynes (flugelhorn, cornet, sound effects); Style Scott (drums); Bill Buchen (tablas, log drum, water drum, gamelan).
Recorded at Orange Music, West Orange, New Jersey.
Personnel: Bill Laswell (electric bass, fretless bass); Nicky Skopelitis (guitar, 12-string guitar, sitar, coral sitar); Graham Haynes (cornet, flugelhorn); Bill Buchen (gamelan, drums, log drum, tabla, percussion); Style Scott (drums).
Recording information: Orange Music, West Orange, NJ (1997).
Illustrator: Abdul Malik Mansur.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Bill Murphy ; Janet Rienstra; Bill Buchen.
On Sacred System: Chapter Two, bassist and producer extraordinaire Bill Laswell makes good on the partly unfulfilled promise of 1996's Sacred System Chapter One: Book of Entrance. The difference, in this case, is a small ensemble of guest musicians who include Material guitarist Nicky Skopelitis, a tabla virtuoso named Bill Buchen, and jazz cornettist Graham Haynes (son of legendary bop drummer Roy Haynes). Whereas Chapter One was a rather arid solo project, Chapter Two comes completely to life with the various contributions of its ensemble players: Skopelitis mostly lays back and contributes lovely textures, while Haynes defines cavernous aural spaces with his echoey, jazzy horn lines and Buchen delivers almost impossibly intricate percussion figures. Laswell himself seems more energized, as well, and his basslines sound deeper, heavier, happier. This is a deeply satisfying compilation of groove music from one of groove's greatest living exponents. ~ Rick Anderson