A Tale of Chad Smith, Jon Batiste, John Zorn, Dave Lombardo, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock but Mostly Bill Laswell

Bill Laswell
Cover of Bill Laswell

From Music Times, a story of Bill Laswell‘s nearly-invisible presence on many recordings:

Hence the problematic nature behind Music Times headline announcing the creation of The Process: “Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith to Release ‘The Process’ with Jon Batiste” (which has since been amended). No doubt that Smith fills the role of the most widely recognized member in the act, and Batiste has gathered both acclaim and attention with appearances on The Colbert Report, but surely bassist and final member Bill Laswell deserves an ounce of attention, considering the nearly 4,000 recordings bearing his name in some respect for his contributions.