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Chris Laurence – Double-Bass

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 Vaughan, Clark Terry and Johnny Mathis. Most recent recordings are John Surmans “The Spaces in Between” , Kenny Wheelers “Waiting”, Norma Winstone’s “Manhattan In The Rain”,and most recently the CD “Babelfish” with singer Brigitte Beraha. He also spends a lot of time recording music  for TV, film, most notably ” Leaving Las Vegas”, ”Looking For Eric”, ”The Constant Gardener”and “The Man who Cried” with the Kronos Quartet. He has recently recorded a CD with his own jazz quartet titled “New View”, released on the “Basho” label. As well as jazz and classical music Chris has also featured on albums with many stars including Elton John, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and guitarist John Williams.