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  • Audio CD (April 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Innerrhythmic Found.
  • ASIN: B000F1HG92
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Hardcore supergroup Praxis bring the noise, but guitarist Buckethead is freaking me out," was the reaction from VH1's Scott Lapatine, and he wasn't alone; other music critics and fans alike were equally blown away by the "mind-twistingly manic" and "almost unbelievable" sounds emanating from the wall of amplifiers onstage. Many in the crowd had already heard of Buckethead through his much-publicized break with Axl Rose and Guns 'N Roses, while Brain was equally well known for his stint with Les Claypool's Primus and other groups on the Bay Area punk-funk scene. Laswell, for his part, has enjoyed a devout fanbase simply for the sheer quantity of albums he has produced, for artists ranging from Herbie Hancock to Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, George Clinton and beyond. But any feeling of familiarity at Bonnaroo was quickly dashed by the group's futuristic blend of industrial noise, avant-rock, dub, funk and hip-hop—all of which taken together created, for most in attendance that night, an entirely alien but somehow weirdly compelling experience.

Although Bonnaroo was billed as their "American premiere," the truth is Praxis have played to numerous small audiences in the states going back to the mid-1990s. Their larger festival dates in Europe and Japan have become quasi-legendary, spawning a brisk bootleg market and raising a clamor among underground disciples in search of "official" live CDs. The latest Innerhythmic release Zurich joins the small crop of live Praxis recordings that have been sanctioned, overseen and produced by Bill Laswell himself.

To grasp more of the conceptual exegesis behind the group, a bit of history is in order. The name Praxis has been applied over the years to a number of loose configurations of musicians either fronted or produced by Bill Laswell, going back to an experimental 12-inch in the early '80s on the infamous Celluloid label that consisted of shortwave noise over drum machine beats. Since then, a revolving army of innovators from Bootsy Collins to John Zorn to Bernie Worrell have contributed to Praxis projects, particularly Transmutation (Axiom, 1992) and Sacrifist (Subharmonic, 1994). The last true studio album to feature the current trio was Metatron (Subharmonic, 1995).

When asked about the current mission of Praxis, Laswell's take is unusually nonchalant—a laid-back air he brings to just about any live project he gets involved in personally. "It's not really something we had set out to develop all that much," he says, "so it's still based in what it was, which is a very volume-oriented, loud sound with guitars, dub bass and a rock rhythm section. The response we've received has been kind of surprising, which I guess is partly why we've kept at it off and on. There's not much else to say, other than that I plan to develop a lot of stuff with Buckethead in the future. Still, it's gonna be rock improvisation. It will never be free jazz or avant garde or some of the other things I've been involved with, because it will always have a rock foundation."

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amit Desai on May 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I thought I would be getting an all new live Praxis CD but actually I only got one song. If you dont have transmutation live and you like buckethead or praxis then definatly pick it up. If you have transmutation live only buy this if you want the extra track
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on May 2, 2006
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Praxis is a band whose core is bassist/producer Bill Laswell and guitarist Buckethead-- an exploratory project that looks in many directions. "Zurich" captures the band live in Zurich from 1996, with a bonus track from the Knitting Factory in 2000 tacked on the end. The band for this outing consists of Laswell, Buckethead, Brain, Grandmaster DXT, DJ Disk, Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, Shortkut and live engineer Oz Fritz. Make no mistake, this is an album lodged firmly in turntablism-- with an army of scratches, cuts and samples taking center stage over funky grooves and occasional shredding guitar.

Having stated that, the album is interesting-- certainly I'm someone who actually appreciateds turntablism and the performances throughout are top-notch-- it's broken up into a handful of suites-- each of which has feature sections for Laswell, Buckethead and the turntables. Having stated that, it's also clear however that this barely begins to scratch at the surface of the energy and excitement this must have generated in person, and in the end, it's like looking at photos from someone else's vacation, you can appreciate them and they have their value, but it's not the same as being there.

Still, I don't regret having picked up "Zurich", it's a fine record, it just seems to be lacking something that would have been there in person.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jared M. on May 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A unique supergroup that is actually worth listening too. Buckethead, Bill Laswell, Brain, and Mix Master Mike among others creating some of the most avant garde, intense music out there. Recorded live at the Zurich Switzerland, Jazznojazz Festival and at The Knitting Factory in NYC. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Customer on January 17, 2007
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As the other reviews have stated, Praxis is a "supergroup" of musicians with a revolving door of members with Bill Laswell being the Svengali and Guitarist Buckethead being one of the root members on all the albums. Zurich is a live album recorded in 1996 when the line-up also included Drummer: Brain, DXT on keyboards, and all four members of the Invisibl Scratch Piklz on turntables. This line-up is noteworthy as it is the only Praxis recording made with the Piklz and, as far as I know, is one the only live document of the Piklz with live musicians playing a full length concert.

Someone previously noted this is the same album as Warszawa but the two are VERY different. Outside of the material being different the latter doesn't have all the members of the Piklz for one thing and Zurich has a lot more of the "band" guitar/bass/drum mixing in with the turntablism. This makes the combination on Zurich much more of a complete "Praxis" recording rather than some of the members with other "special guests".

Everyone works together on this show to mix into a force where the sum is greater than it's amazing individual parts. If you're a Praxis fan but aren't interested in DJs you should give this a shot anyway as it showcases the band as a whole stretching and rocking which is what they do best.
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