Greeting’s jazz enthusiasts, it’s great to be back in the mix with you after the holiday weekend. On today, I’m featuring “New View” the latest project by multifaceted bassist CHRIS LAURENCE as our featured “Album of the Week.”
Each week we attempt to explore the intricate canvas of stimulating and innovative jazz that awaits our attention. You see, the origin of new music featured each week encompasses a generous diet of sounds which exudes a wealth of complex and distinctive styles, insinuating textures, immaculate melodies, and cohesive rhythms exalted by a host of definitive and creative voices.
Chris Laurence Quartet -][- New View – [Basho Records, 2009]
CHRIS LAURENCE was born in London and studied at the Guildhall school of music. Since then he has maintained a dual career in both jazz and classical music. He plays regularly with John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Norma Winstone. In the classical world he was principal double bass with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields until 1995, playing on many of their famous recordings ranging from the film “Amadeus” to Benjamin Britten’s “Curlew River”. Jazz artists he has recorded with include trombonist J.J. Johnson, Tony Coe, Joe Williams, Sarah Voughan, Norma Winstone and Johnny Mathis.
Most recent recordings are John Surman’s “Coruscating” Andy Sheppard’s “Dancing Man and Woman“, Kenny Wheeler’s “Kayak” and Norma Winstone’s “Manhattan in the rain“. He also spends a lot of time recording music for T.V, film and albums, most notably “Leaving Las Vegas” and “The Man who Cried” with the Kronos Quartet. As well as jazz and classical music Chris has also featured on albums with many stars including Elton John, Sting, David Gilmour and guitarist John Williams. —Basho Records Continue reading