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Chris Laurence

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Chris Laurence was born in London and studied at the Guildhall School of Music He has maintained a dual career in both jazz and classical music In the classical world he was principal double bass with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Orchestra 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 JJJohnson, Tony Coe, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Clark Terry, Johnny Mathis and Lena Horne His current recordings are John Surman’s “The Spaces in Between”, Kenny Wheelers “The Long Waiting” and “Songs For Quintet” on the ECM Label and Norma Winstone’s “Manhattan in the Rain” He also spends a lot of time recording music for TV, Film and Albums, most notably “Leaving Las Vegas”, Ken Loach’s “Looking For Eric”, “The Constant Gardener”, Howard Shores’ score for “Hugo” and most recently was featured on the sound track of Mike Leigh’s “Mr Turner” In 2007 he recorded a CD with his own jazz quartet titled “New View”, released on the “Basho” label along with Frank Ricotti vibes, John Parricelli Guitar, Martin France Drums and featuring Norma Winstone Vocals As well as jazz and classical music, Chris has also featured on albums with many stars including Elton John, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joni Mitchell, David Gilmour, Michel Legrand and guitarist John Williams

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Chris Laurence Quartet, New View, 2007

Chris Laurence Quartet As leader

  • New View Basho 2007

With David Gilmour

  • On an Island Columbia
  • Rattle That Lock Columbia

With Barry Guy/The London Jazz Composers' Orchestra

  • Ode Incus, 1972

With Michael Nyman

  • The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover Virgin Venture
  • The End of the Affair Sony Classical
  • Six Celan Songs/The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi MN
  • Love Counts MN
  • À la folie Virgin Venture

With Alan Skidmore

  • TCB Philips
  • El Skid w/ Elton Dean

With John Surman

  • Morning Glory
  • The Brass Project ECM, 1992
  • Stranger than Fiction ECM, 1995
  • Coruscating ECM, 1999
  • The Spaces in Between ECM, 2006

With John Taylor

  • Pause, and Think Again Turtle
  • Decipher MPS

With Kenny Wheeler

  • Kayak Ah Um, Ah Um
  • Dream Sequence Psi, 1995-2003
  • Songs for Quintet ECM, 2013
  • Six for Six Cam Jazz
  • The Long Waiting

With Frank Ricotti Quartet

  • Our Point of View CBS

With Gordon Beck

  • Once Is Never Enough FMR

With John Williams

  • The Magic Box Sony Classical

With Elton Dean

  • They All Be on This Old Road Ogun

With the Academy of St Martin in the FIelds

  • Curlew River
  • Amadeus

With Tony Coe

  • Nutty on Wilisa
  • Les Sources Bleues Camomil
  • Mainly Mancini

With Lena Horne

  • A New Album

With Sarah Vaughn

  • The Gold Collection: Sings the Poetry of Pope John Paul II

With Harry Beckett

  • Warm Smiles
  • Flare Up

With Maurice Andrea/ Michel Legrand

  • Windmills

With Geoff Eales

  • Master of the Game
  • Transience

With Johnnie Mathis/ Duke Ellington

  • In a Sentimental Mood

With Norma Winstone

  • Manhattan in the Rain
  • Edge of Time

With Mike de Albuquerque

  • We May Be Castle but We All Have Names
  • First Wind

With Peter Gabriel

  • Scratch My Back New Blood Orchestra
  • New Blood

With Gil Evans

  • Absolute Beginners
  • Having It All
  • Va Va Voom
  • Insignificance

With John Warren

  • Travellers Tale

With Mike Figgis

  • Leaving Las Vegas

With Anja Gabarej

  • Smiling and Waving

With Brigitte Baraha

  • Babelfish
  • Chasing Rainbows

With Helen Jane Long

  • Intervention

With Michel Legrand

  • Radio Days

With Robert Farnon

  • Carol Kidd, A Place in My Heart
  • Jose Careres, Love Is 1984
  • Jane Pickles, Hey There Vocalion
  • JJ Johnson, Tangence
  • Joe Williams, Here's To Life
  • Eileen Farrell, Love Is Letting Go

With Elton John

  • Madman Across The Water
  • Tumbleweed Connection

With Joni Mitchell

  • Both Sides Now
  • Travelogue

With Clark Terry

  • Clark After Dark

With Guy Barker

  • Holly

With Joe Douglas Trio

  • Visage Spotlight Records, 1979

With Michael Garrick/ Don Weller

  • You've Changed 1978

With The Mike Westbrook Concert Band

  • Metropolis Citadel 315

With Neil Ardley

  • Symphony of Amarantis

With Andy Sheppard

  • Dancing Man & Woman
  • Learning to Wave

With Alan Davie

  • Bird Through The Wall

With Alison Moyet

  • Voice

With Elvis Costello

  • Il Sogno Ballet

With Mark Hollis

  • Mark Hollis Polydor

With Zizi Possi

  • Per Amore

With Dick Walter

  • Capricorn Rising

With the London Trombone Quartet

  • Some of Our Best Friends

With Michael Civisca

  • Love is Like a Breeze

With Beryl Cook

  • Live From London


Featured on

Amadeus, Mozart

Curlew River, Benjamin Britten Opera

Mr Turner, Gary Yershon

Leaving Las Vegas Anthony Marinelli and Mike Figgis

Hugo, Howard Shore

Looking for Eric, George Fenton

The Constant Gardener, Alberto Iglesias and Robert Church

Shaun the Sheep Movie, Iian Eshkeri

The Man Who Cried, Kronos

Tim's Vermeer, Conrad Pope


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