22 February 1970 |
Laurent Coq (born 22 February 1970) is a French jazz pianist and composer.
Life and career
Coq began playing the piano at the age of seven. He studied at the Centre d'informations musicales in Paris, at which time he also played in a trio with bassist Jules Bikôkô bi Njami and drummer Daniel Garcia Bruno, and in a variety of other bands. Coq was awarded a government grant in 1994 to travel to the U.S., where he studied with pianists Bruce Barth, John Hicks and Mulgrew Miller.
Coq's 2011 album Rayuela, co-led with saxophonist Miguel Zenón, was inspired by Julio Cortázar's novel of the same title. The Down Beat reviewer commented that "Rayuela experiments with song structures and the connections between tunes to express emotions and motifs each artist observed by reading the [book]".
An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.
|1997||Jaywalker||Enja||Quartet, with Jean-Christophe Béney (tenor sax), Jules Bikoko bi Njami (bass), Daniel Garcia-Bruno (drums)|
|1999||Versatile||Cristal||Quartet, with Jean-Christophe Béney (tenor sax), Jules Bikoko bi Njami (bass), Philippe Soirat (drums)|
|2001||Live @ the Duc des Lombards||Cristal||Trio, with David El-Malek (tenor sax), Olivier Zanot (alto sax)|
|2003||Like a Tree in the City||Sunnyside||Trio, with Jérôme Sabbagh (tenor sax), Brandon Owens (bass), Damion Reid (drums)|
|2004||Spinnin'||Cristal||Trio, with Reuben Rogers (bass), Otis Brown III (drums)|
|2006||The Thing to Share||Cristal||With Olivier Zanot (alto sax), David El-Malek (tenor), Laurence Allison (vocals)|
|2008||Eight Fragments of Summer||88 Trees||Quartet, with Jérôme Sabbagh (tenor sax), Joe Sanders (bass), Damion Reid (drums)|
|2011||Rayuela||Sunnyside||Quartet, with Miguel Zenón (alto sax), Dana Leong (cello, trombone), Dan Weiss (drums, percussion)|
|2011||Crosswords||With Sam Sadigursky (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Yoni Zelnik (bass), Karl Jannuska (drums), Laurence Allison and Christine Correa (vocals)|
|2012||Dialogue||Sunnyside||Some tracks duo, with Ralph Lavital (guitar); some tracks trio, with Nicolas Pelage (vocals) added|
- Harris, Craig "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- Odell, Jennifer (September 2012) "Miguel Zenón/Laurent Coq – Rayuela". Down Beat. p. 74.