JT Video Premiere: Bill Laurance’s “Swift”

Off “Live at Union Chapel,” due out Nov. 11 on GroundUp Music/Verve Label Group

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Bill Laurance

Snarky Puppy founder and pianist Bill Laurance is set to release a live album and DVD, Live at Union Chapel, on Nov. 11 via GroundUp Music/Verve Label Group. Laurance is backed by fellow Snarky Puppy band members, bassist Michael League and drummer Robert “Sput” Searight, as well as hornist Katie Christie, percussionist Felix Higginbottom and the West Side Trio-cellist Annie Tangberg, violist Isabella Petersen and violinist Vera van der Bie-at the London venue’s sold out show.

“Performing live is completely different to recording in the studio,” said Laurance in a press release. “Having toured this music extensively I got to the point where I really wanted to capture the unique energy and spontaneity of the live concert experience and include the dynamic between the band and the audience in the moment. The music is free from overdubs and post-production and it takes on a freshness in the live rendition.”

JazzTimes is proud to premiere a video of Laurance’s performance of “Swift” from Live at Union Chapel, which according to the release, “sounds massive with the West Side Trio injecting ominous strings into the arrangement and Laurance nimbly moving between piano, Fender Rhodes and synth to craft a hypnotic groove.”