Laurence Cottle

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Laurence Cottle
Born Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, rock
Occupation(s) Composer, musician
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Laurence Cottle Quintet Live

Laurence Cottle is a Welsh electric bass guitarist and composer.[1]


His solo recordings have been mostly in the jazz and jazz-fusion vein, with such notable releases as Five Seasons, Laurence Cottle Quintet Live and others.

He was a member of the Los Angeles, California-based fusion quartet, The Fents, and appears on their second album, The Other Side, released on the Passport Jazz label in 1987. He played with The Alan Parsons Project on their final Arista LP Gaudi in 1987, as well as Parsons' final collaboration with the Project's chief songwriter Eric Woolfson, Freudiana, in 1990.

Shortly after, he was hired by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath to play bass on the studio sessions that would become their 1989 album Headless Cross. Cottle wrote and played all the bass parts for the album and appeared on the music video for the song "Headless Cross", but didn't perform live or tour with the band.

In the 1990s, Cottle produced three albums for guitarist Jim Mullen and recorded with British jazz musicians Mornington Lockett, Tim Garland, Django Bates, Gerard Presencer and John Graham.

He has written music for film and television including the television programs Friends and The Oprah Winfrey Show.[clarification needed]

Cottle was a member of Bill Bruford's Earthworks from 2003 to 2006.

In 2009, Cottle produced albums for Claire Martin, Gareth Williams, and Mark Nightingale.

He leads his own Laurence Cottle Big Band playing a variety of standards and his own material.

He is the brother of Richard Cottle (also a musician), playing with him during his tenure with The Alan Parsons Project.

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  1. ^ "Laurence Cottle – Bass Guitar". Jazzwise Magazine. 12 February 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2012.