To Hear With An Open Hand

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    My Solo Albums:

    1 :: And Nothing But The Bass: Live At The Troubadour (2000)
    2 :: Not Dancing For Chicken (2002)
    3 :: Grace And Gratitude (2004)
    4 :: Behind Every Word (2006)
    5 :: Ten Years On: Live In London (2010)
    6 :: 11 Reasons Why 3 Is Greater Than Everything (2011)
    7 :: Believe In Peace (2012)
    8 :: What The Mind Thinks, The Heart Transmits (2014)
    9 :: A Crack Where The Light Gets In (2015)
    10 :: The Way Home (2015)
    11 :: The Surrender Of Time (2016)
    12 :: Towards A Better Question (2017)
    13 :: PS, You Are Brilliant (2017)

    Steve and Lobelia Albums:

    14 :: Live In Nebraska (2008)
    15 :: Live So Far (2010)

    Other Collaborations:

    16 :: Conversations (Steve Lawson and Jez Carr) 2002
    17 :: For The Love Of Open Spaces (Steve Lawson and Theo Travis) 2003
    18 :: Numbers (Lawson/Dodds/Wood) 2008
    19 :: Slow Food (Steve Lawson and Trip Wamsley) 2010
    20 :: Infrablab (Trip Wamsley and Steve Lawson) 2010
    21 :: Hidden Windows(Steve Lawson and Neil Alexander) 2012
    22 :: Invenzioni (Steve Lawson and Mike Outram 2012
    23 :: Nothing Can Prepare (Steve Lawson and Andy Williamson) 2012
    24 :: The FingerPainting Sessions Vol 1 (Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman) 2013
    25 :: The FingerPainting Sessions Vol 2 (Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman) 2013
    26 :: Diversion (Steve Lawson and Jon Thorne) 2014
    27 :: Marinate (Steve Lawson and Julie Slick) 2014
    38 :: Ley Lines (Phi Yaan-Zek, Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards) 2015
    29 :: Language Is A Music (Steve Lawson & Michael Manring) 2016
    30 :: Ley Lines II (Phi Yaan-Zek, Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards) 2017
    31 :: Over Time (Steve Lawson & Andy Edwards) 2017
    32 :: Intersect (Steve Lawson & Pete Fraser) 2017

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    :: Steve Live in Belgium (45 minutes - MP4)

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For those who’ve listened to the last few things I’ve released, this is in pretty familiar territory - tonally and rhythmically, this is a space I’ve explored in a number of ways over the last couple of years, and one that feels like it yields a fair amount of subtle variation over time. As soon as I started using the Quneo for playing and looping live electronic percussion in 2015, this was a big part of the vibe I wanted to go for. It owes a BIG debt to legendary hip hop producer Dilla, and his gloriously wonky aesthetic, as well as being part of a long-term thread in my own musical journey for rhythms being formed from overlaying things in ways that are way more complex than the component parts might suggest.

Emotionally, I experience this kind of playing as an exploration of the kind of political space that hip hop has occupied in my own thinking for decades - the guns ’n’ bling end of things held little interest, but the role that the astute observation of the world from the vantage point of urban black america has played in my thinking is difficult to overstate. So this is a meditation on those same concerns, space to consider questions of racial injustice, of white supremacy and its overarching influence on Western political machinations, to consider the voices we allow in to shape our world and the ones we exclude because the cultural context may be alien... A space to listen to others with our hands open to receive their wisdom...

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For those who’ve listened to the last few things I’ve released, this is in pretty familiar territory - tonally and rhythmically, this is a space I’ve explored in a number of ways over the last couple of years, and one that feels like it yields a fair amount of subtle variation over time. As soon as I started using the Quneo for playing and looping live electronic percussion in 2015, this was a big part of the vibe I wanted to go for. It owes a BIG debt to legendary hip hop producer Dilla, and his gloriously wonky aesthetic, as well as being part of a long-term thread in my own musical journey for rhythms being formed from overlaying things in ways that are way more complex than the component parts might suggest.

Emotionally, I experience this kind of playing as an exploration of the kind of political space that hip hop has occupied in my own thinking for decades - the guns ’n’ bling end of things held little interest, but the role that the astute observation of the world from the vantage point of urban black america has played in my thinking is difficult to overstate. So this is a meditation on those same concerns, space to consider questions of racial injustice, of white supremacy and its overarching influence on Western political machinations, to consider the voices we allow in to shape our world and the ones we exclude because the cultural context may be alien... A space to listen to others with our hands open to receive their wisdom...

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from PS, You Are Brilliant, released October 30, 2017

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Steve Lawson UK

The UK's most celebrated solo bassist, here with lots of looped/layered solo albums, & collaborations, most notably with genius singer Lobelia. Dig in deep, there's a lot to discover.

Pretty much all the music here is 'Pay What You Think It's Worth', so listen as much as you like, & do what it says on the tin...

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