Chris Laurence

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Not to be confused with Chris Lawrence.
Chris Laurence
Birth name Chris Laurence
Born (1949-01-06) 6 January 1949 (age 67)
London, England
Genres Jazz
Instruments double bass
Associated acts Tony Oxley, John Surman

Chris Laurence (born 6 January 1949) is an English jazz double bassist born in London, perhaps most noteworthy for his 1980s work in various trios with Tony Oxley .

In 1984, Laurence became a member of the "London Bach Orchestra". Chris has also done collaborative work with other jazz artists, such as John Surman,[1] Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Frank Ricotti and Alan Skidmore. Inspirations include Keith Jarrett, Miroslav Vitouš, Chick Corea and Tony Coe. He recently formed the Chris Laurence Quartet and released his début album New View.[2]

Select discography[edit]

'"As Leader"'

With David Gilmour

With Barry Guy/The London Jazz Composers' Orchestra

  • Ode (Incus, 1972)

With Michael Nyman

With Alan Skidmore

With John Surman

With John Taylor

  • Pause, And Think Again (Turtle Records)
  • Decipher (MPS Records)

With Kenny Wheeler

With Frank Ricotti Quartet

With Gordon Beck

With John Williams

With Elton Dean


  1. ^ Conrad, Thomas (2009-09-05). "John Surman: Listen and Trust". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  2. ^ "New View: Chris Lawrence Quartet". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  3. ^ Double Bassist 2007 -- Volumes 40-43 - Page 67 "New View Chris Laurence (db) Basho Records SRCD 18-2 This aptly named disc revisits tunes by several of the .."