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Laurence Cook

Born: June 8, 1939    Primary Instrument: Drums

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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”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

Tragedies Of Love Blaq Lghtn 2011
Double Action Ayler 2010
Wakte Oglaka Ayler 2009
Ensemble Cadence 2006
The Eric Zinman Ensemble Live at Zeitgeist Gallery Eric Zinman Studio 234 2006
Turtle Crossing Clean Feed 2005
Saying So Riti Records 2002
Hope Sublingual Records 2002
The Ilya Tree Boxholder Records 2001
Free Jazz Improvisation Play-A-Long Moonfood Records 2001
Fuzz Against Junk Aum Fidelity 1997
Divine Mad Love Eremite 1997
Live at Fire in The Valley Eremite Records 1996.
Tri-P-Let Eremite 1996
The Eric Zinman Trio Studio 234 1996
Sons Of Sisyphus Soul Note 1988
Thoughts Soul Note 1985
Wraparound Riti 1983
November 1981 Soul Note 1981
Dual Unity Freedom 1973
Revenge Polydor 1971
Skillfulness Alan Silva Esp Disc 1969
Third Testament Esp Disc 1969

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