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Piers Lawrence

Born in Manhattan, Piers is based in New York City where he records, performs and teaches guitar. He combines a soulful approach, precise technique, and a clean old-school tone with the upmost respect for the geniuses of Modern Jazz and a deep love of the Blues. After studying Guitar and Composition at the Conservatoire de Musique in Lausanne Switzerland, he returned to New York to join the Jazz-Mobile Orchestra Big Band and continue his studies with jazz guitarists Barry Galbraith and Ted Dunbar. With the encouragement of session guitarist Ritchie Resnikoff, he joined the orchestras of several Broadway shows including Guys and Dolls, Dancin', Hubie, and Your Arms Too Short to Box With God. Piers has worked as a session musician, recording 100s of jingles and record dates

Stolen Moments

Label: JazzNet Media
Released: 2010

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Piers Lawrence Quartet: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Troppo spesso, quando ci si avvicina ad un disco chitarristico ci si ritrova ad ascoltare virtuosismi, passaggi veloci e - se si tratta di un disco mainstream - la rievocazione di una tradizione che fa capo a chitarristi come Barney Kessel o Tal Farlow. Diciamo subito che per Piers Lawrence è vero l'opposto: un chitarrista dal ...

Stolen Moments

Label: Jazznet.com
Released: 2008
Track listing: Pent-Up House; Samba Christina; Stolen Moments; Everytime; Donna Lee; Dimanche; Secret Love; Reza.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Piers Lawrence Quartet: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

For his introductory album, guitarist Piers Lawrence has chosen material from some jazz standards, originals and one tune from the Great American Songbook. His use of a piano/bass/drum accompaniment provides a relaxed and amiable session. Born in New York City, Lawrence was raised in San Francisco, studying in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to New ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Piers Lawrence Quartet: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

William “Count" Basie was a master of economy in his piano playing. Never flashy or overtly technical, Basie had a knack for being able to play the least number of notes while still maintaining the necessary momentum to swing. Miles Davis was another such master, where the music was more about style than technique. Guitarist Piers ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Piers Lawrence Quartet: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by Elliott Simon

It's the overall creamy texture of the sound and the effortless vibe created by guitarist Piers Lawrence that makes Stolen Moments such an enjoyable listen. This is one together quartet whose mastery of group dynamics captures your attention right away with a short but effervescent rendering of Sonny Rollins' “Pent-Up House." Lawrence, who is a fluid ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Piers Lawrence Quartet: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Guitarist Piers Lawrence realizes his dream of recording a mainstream jazz album through a well-balanced mix of originals and standards. Lawrence is a confident player with an ear for melody and flowing harmonies. He has a graceful quality that gets into the songs whether he is out swinging or embracing bop. Lawrence also comes off as ...


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