ARCANA is the collaboration between visionary bassist / producer Bill Laswell and legendary master drummer Tony Williams. A hybrid fusion of avant-rock and futuristic-jazz. Joined by John Coltrane acolyte, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, and mutant guitar shredder Buckethead with cornetist Graham Haynes, guitarist Nicky Skopelitis, saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum and saxophonist Byard Lancaster. A bold and uncompromising music with an unleashed sense of power, a blast of the future with strong references to past influences. Flashes of the Tony Williams Lifetime, King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Last Exit and much more. A progressive landmark.
This is a stunning example of beautifully focused, sometimes dark hard-rock/jazz improvisation, on the order of some of the fusion work of Miles and Herbie – but with a sharp driving edge. Everybody plays brilliantly. Bill Laswell dedicates the work to drummer Tony Williams whose untimely death occurred before this was complete.