Bill Laurance & The Untold Orchestra
Cables Rewired EP
Flint Music Limited
Composer Bill Laurence – a member of the sprawling modern jazz-rock ensemble Snarky Puppy has, in recent years, really extended out as composer (and player) in his own right.
Recently he showcased his jazz playing chops leading a trio in a live set at Ronnie Scott’s – and here it’s about Laurance the solo composer and arranger. Teamed with British ensemble, The Untold Orchestra, he reworks a couple of songs from 2019’s Cables album.
The orchestral versions of two of that albums songs lead this EP and are juxtaposed by the solo renditions.
It’s interesting to here the songs lined up like this in alternate arrangements and further makes a case for Laurance as composer/arranger in his own right, away from the Snarky ensemble.
Opener, Cables Rewired, has an almost Yanni-esque feel to it, the way the melody builds to a mid-piece crescendo and then continues to wind around itself.
Constance Rewired is darker and more brooding and feels like perfect score for an intriguing drama or thriller’s final moments.
The orchestral rearrangements are subtle, strings guiding the piano as still very much the lead instrument.
To hear the versions of Cables and Constance without the orchestral rearrangement is to hear them anew, a different intensity altogether.
A lovely wee distraction, this EP. And its also the continuation of Bill Laurance’s musical career from the point of view of being a flagship release for his new label.