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Laurence Cook

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: June 8, 1939    

Laurence Cook

Laurence Cook studied painting at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and later learned to play piano, vibraphone, and drums. He has been a major figure in the jazz avant-garde since the 1960's on twenty-two recordings, including Revenge, and Dual Unity with Paul Bley

Paul Bley
Paul Bley
b.1932
piano
; Skillfullnes with Alan Silva,Wraparound with Joe Morris
Joe Morris
Joe Morris
b.1955
guitar
; “Fuzzagainst Junk” from Vision 1997 Festival with Thurston Moore; Triplet and Fire in the Valley with Jemeel Moondoc; Divine Mad Love with Sabir Mateen
Sabir Mateen
Sabir Mateen
b.1951
multi-instrumentalist
; November 1981, Thoughts, and Son of Sisyphus with Bill Dixon
Bill Dixon
Bill Dixon
1925 - 2010
trumpet
. He has worked with Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
1923 - 2011
sax, tenor
, Lowell Davidson
Lowell Davidson
1941 - 1990
piano
, Rahn Burton
Rahn Burton
b.1934
,Alan Silva, The Brecker Brothers, Robin Kenyatta, Mark Whitecage
Mark Whitecage
Mark Whitecage
b.1937
sax, alto
, and Barre Phillips
Barre Phillips
Barre Phillips
b.1934
bass
among many others....
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Source: Laurence Cook

”Wakte Oglaka is the album title of a new Ayler Download recording. It features the chemically volatile combination of Mario Rechtern on reeds, Eric Zinman, piano, Jane Wang on bass and veteran new music drummer Laurence Cook. They proffer their own blend of old-school new thing music, free jazz if you insist on a label.

What distinguishes this from some of the many other releases out there of this sort is the specially sensitive drumming of Cook, a man who has spent years playing in and out of time, who is so familiar with his drum set up and the sounds he can coax out of it that he provides a reasoned virtuosity, a vertiable rainbow of sound colors.

It is the total group sound that predominates, however. If free blow-outs attract you, you'll find this one satisfies your need for exuberant chaos, but in ways that show the mastery of the artists and their own original take on the scene. And again, it's fabulous hearing Laurence Cook sounding so well. Ayler.com is where you'll find it.”

Grego Edwards Gapplegate Music Review

“Cook plays drums with keen sensitivity. He dabbles in soft, shifting currents of rhythm and only erupts with brute force on those occasions when the collective is following the tail of a tornado. Generally, he is a more subtle strength with his accents and shading. Cook switches continually from a cymbal attack to the drum skins and back again, providing a stimulating counterpart to this volatile music.”

Frank Rubalino One Final Note

  • Double Action

    Cristal
    2011
  • Laurence Cook: Tragedies of Love

    Blaq Lghtn
    2011

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