tesseterra Review - Chicago Tribune
Laurence's New Project - tesseterra
The tesseterra ensemble is a jazz trio married with string quartet; the repertoire comprises only iconic songs (by artists like Cole Porter; Sting; Hoagie Carmichael; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Joni Mitchell; Stevie Wonder, etc…) set in a cutting edge jazz-classical hybrid that will thrill the serious musician and music lover at the same time.
2016: HONOR THY FATHERS
Laurence re-invested himself in the trio format: a new recording, "Honor Thy Fathers" (featuring amazing bassist and drummer John Patitucci and Kendrick Scott), celebrates and pays tribute to some of the jazz trio's most iconic figures (Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, etc.) as well as several of Laurence's personal mentors. These influences have either inspired original compositions or innovative arrangements of classic tunes associated with given artists.
For a more in depth look at why the piano trio holds a never-ending allure, check out Laurence's article, "The Art Of The Trio", published by JazzTimes in 2002 and winner of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor award for the year's outstanding music journalism:
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