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; Skillfullnes with Alan Silva,Wraparound with Joe Morris; Fuzzagainst Junk from Vision 1997 Festival with Thurston Moore; Triplet and Fire in the Valley with Jemeel Moondoc; Divine Mad Love with Sabir Mateen; November 1981, Thoughts, and Son of Sisyphus with Bill Dixon. He has worked with Sam Rivers, Lowell Davidson, Rahn Burton,Alan Silva, The Brecker Brothers, Robin Kenyatta, Mark Whitecage, and Barre Phillips 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