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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 {{m: Paul Bley = 5083}}; Skillfullnes with {{Alan Silva}},Wraparound with {{m: Joe Morris = 9614}}; "Fuzzagainst Junk" from Vision 1997 Festival with {{m: Thurston Moore = 9571}}; Triplet and Fire in the Valley with {{Jemeel Moondoc}}; Divine Mad Love with {{m: Sabir Mateen = 20866}}; November 1981, Thoughts, and Son of Sisyphus with {{m: Bill Dixon = 6301}}. He has worked with {{m: Sam Rivers = 10719}}, {{m: Lowell Davidson = 6110}}, {{m: Rahn Burton = 5487}},{{Alan Silva}}, The Brecker Brothers, {{Robin Kenyatta}}, {{m: Mark Whitecage = 3094}}, and {{m: Barre Phillips = 10270}} among many others. From the 1980s to now, Laurence has been at the epicenter of all that is worthwhile in Boston including nearly two decades with {{m: Eric Zinman = 20359}} and an emeritus mentorship via drum kit to the Boston core community in its most vivacious phase in several decades. At his home performance base, Outpost 186 in Cambridge MA, Laurence makes robust contributions to astonishing ensembles with {{m: Jim Hobbs = 7660}}, {{m: Dave Bryant = 25102}}, {{Junko Simons}}, Joe Morris, {{m: Jeff Platz = 20529}}, {{m: Steve Lantner = 15931}} and {{m: Forbes Graham = 19567}}, among many.

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A Steve Lantner Summer At Outpost 186 In Cambridge (MA)

A Steve Lantner Summer At Outpost 186 In Cambridge (MA)

Since Steve Lantner is the only Outpost 186 artist to actually lay out his entire season schedule in a grown up and timely manner, it is only fair that we at the Outpost call attention to this fact. And what a season it is. July is a twofer with his usual Tuesday slot given to a ...

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Outpost 186 March Highlights: Jacob William

Outpost 186 March Highlights: Jacob William

Jacob William returns his Para Quintet to Outpost 186 on Saturday March 24th after an interlude of gigs in other dubious roosts. Now that he is once more in the cozier confines of the Outpost, free of the concerns attending tavern work, he'll shine at his usual level of dazzle with his astute and earnest compadres. ...

Laurence Cook: Tragedies of Love

Label: Blaq Lghtn
Released: 2011
Track listing: The Scene in the Orchard; Magic Potion; Banishment; Through Tear-Dimmed Eyes; Rumored Return.

Double Action

Label: Cristal
Released: 2011

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Laurence Cook: Tragedies of Love

Read "Laurence Cook: Tragedies of Love" reviewed by Stanley Jason Zappa

Laurence CookTragedies of LoveBlaq Lghtn2011 It is hard to think of a time when tedium was as pervasive in music as it is today. If listening to music hasn't become a chore, it has become the sound track to doing chores--part of the torture of our jobs rather ...

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Banishment

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Label: Blaq Lghtn
Released: 0
Duration: 02:34

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Laurence Cook and Jim Hobbs Conjure "Tragedies of Love" on Blaq Lghtn Records

Laurence Cook and Jim Hobbs Conjure "Tragedies of Love" on Blaq Lghtn Records

Blaq Lghtn recently released its third disc, Tragedies of Love, a duet involving the elder statesman of Boston drummers, Laurence Cook with the mayor of Boston music, Jim Hobbs and his beloved alto saxophone. It is a work laden with the reflections one might expect in the William Blake form of Experience. If anything, both epitomize ...

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Laurence Cook and Eric Zinman - Double Action (Ayler, 2011) ****a1/2

Laurence Cook and Eric Zinman - Double Action (Ayler, 2011) ****a1/2

By Stanley Zappa Laurence Cook is a national treasure. Why the cultural machinery would rather embrace bourgeois twaddle rather than reward Laurence Cook with a Guggenheim grant or Macarthur award or the key to the city of Cambridge is one of the more egregious betrayals of our modern day. Cook took the drum seat after Milford ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Eric Zinman: The Piano as Endangered Species

Read "Eric Zinman: The Piano as Endangered Species" reviewed by Brian Wrentham

For over twenty years, pianist/composer Eric Zinman has been crafting his own approach to his instrument, since meeting trumpeter Bill Dixon in the '80s. He views himself as an ensemble player, who plays to include; in addition to his own writing, his trio disc, Eric Zinman Ensemble (Cadence, 2006), features short pieces by John Voigt, Laurence ...


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