Chris Laurence

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Chris Laurence
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Chris Laurence
Background information
Born (1949-01-06) 6 January 1949 (age 70)
London, England
GenresJazz/ Classical
Instrumentsdouble bass
Associated actsTony Oxley, John Surman

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 J.J.Johnson, 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.

Select discography[edit]

Chris Laurence Quartet, New View, 2007

Chris Laurence Quartet (As leader)

With David Gilmour

With Barry Guy/The London Jazz Composers' Orchestra

With Michael Nyman

With Alan Skidmore

With John Surman

With John Taylor

  • Pause, and Think Again (Turtle)
  • Decipher (MPS)

With Kenny Wheeler

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

With Tony Coe

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

With Lena Horne

  • A New Album

With Sarah Vaughn

With Harry Beckett

With Maurice Andrea/ Michel Legrand

  • Windmills

With Geoff Eales

  • Master of the Game
  • Transience

With Johnnie Mathis/ Duke Ellington

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

With Gil Evans

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

With John Warren

  • Travellers Tale

With Mike Figgis

With Anja Garbarek

  • Smiling and Waving

With Brigitte Baraha

  • Babelfish
  • Chasing Rainbows

With Helen Jane Long

  • Intervention

With Michel Legrand

  • Radio Days

With Robert Farnon

With Elton John

With Joni Mitchell

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

With Mark Hollis

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


  1. ^ 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 .."