Music > Artists > Pop
Formed:
1979 in New York, NY

Genre:
Pop

Years Active:
'70s, '80s






Material

Biography

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; after 1994's Hallucination Engine, another four-year hiatus preceded the release of the remix collection The Road to the Western Lands. Intonarumori followed in 1999.

Top Albums

Memory Serves, Material
1. Memory Serve..
Head Hunters, Herbie Hancock
2. Head Hunters
Future Shock, Herbie Hancock
3. Future Shock
Hallucination Engine, Material
4. Hallucinatio..
The Best of Herbie Hancock - The Hits!, Herbie Hancock
5. The Best of ..
The Herbie Hancock Box, Herbie Hancock
6. The Herbie H..
Seven Souls (Bonus Version), Material
7. Seven Souls ..
Ken Burns Jazz - Herbie Hancock, Herbie Hancock
8. Ken Burns Ja..
Sound System, Herbie Hancock
9. Sound System
Perfect Machine, Herbie Hancock
10. Perfect Mach..
The Third Power, Material
11. The Third Po..
Intonarumori, Material
12. Intonarumori
One Down, Material
13. One Down
Secret Life, Material
14. Secret Life
Memory Serves, Material
15. Memory Serve..
The Road To the Western Lands, Material
16. The Road To ..
One Down, Material
17. One Down
Secret Life, Material
18. Secret Life
Memory Serves, Material
19. Memory Serve..
One Down, Material
20. One Down

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
DisappearingMemory Serves7:13$1.29
2.
It's a Holiday (feat. Nona Hendr..Christmas Album Redux3:28$0.99
3.
Bustin' Out (Gilded Sluts Edit)Bustin' Out Edits7:49$0.99
4.
Bustin' Out (DJ Steef Edit)Bustin' Out Edits5:27$0.99
5.
Bustin' Out (Glenn Rivera Restru..Bustin' Out Edits9:25$0.99
6.
Western Lands (feat. William S. Burr..Road To the Western Lands8:31$1.29
7.
Road To the Western Lands (feat. Wil..Road To the Western Lands6:18$1.29
8.
Western Lands (feat. William S. Burr..Road To the Western Lands6:37$1.29
9.
Seven Souls (feat. William S. Burrou..Road To the Western Lands5:48$1.29
10.
Im the One (Dance Version)Change the Beat - The Cellu..5:28$0.99
11.
GloryThird Power4:35$1.29
12.
Power of Soul (Black Chant)Third Power5:24$1.29
13.
Drive ByThird Power3:22$1.29
14.
E Pluribus UnumThird Power3:40$1.29
15.
Cosmic SlopThird Power5:17$1.29
16.
Playin With FireThird Power5:13$1.29
17.
RealityThird Power4:55$1.29
18.
Over and OverCelluloid Funk5:39$0.99
19.
ReductionCelluloid Funk5:31$0.99
20.
I'm the One (feat. Michael Beinh..Celluloid Funk5:28$0.99
21.
Take a ChanceMemories - Single4:34$1.29
22.
MemoriesMemories - Single4:01$1.29
23.
Memories (with Whitney Houston)For a Few Dollars More / Me..4:01$0.99
24.
For a Few Dollars More (Full-Length ..For a Few Dollars More / Me..7:35$0.99
25.
Take a ChanceMemories - Single4:30$0.99

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