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 in 1987, as well as Parsons' final collaboration with the Project's chief songwriter Gaudi Eric Woolfson, , in 1990. Freudiana
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 "Headless Cross", but didn't perform live or tour with the band.
Cottle produced three albums for guitarist
Jim Mullen in the 1990s, 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
and Friends . The Oprah Winfrey Show
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.
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