As Laurence’s solo recordings have been mostly in Jazz and Jazz Fusion. He was a member of the fusion quartet The Fents and appeared on their second album, The Other Side, released on the Passport Jazz label in 1987.
He played with The Alan Parsons Project on Gaudi, their final album for Arista, and on Freudiana, Parsons' final collaboration with Eric Woolfson. He is the brother of Richard Cottle also a member of THE PROJECT and played with him during his time with The Alan Parsons Project.
Shortly after The Alan Parsons Project, he was hired by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath to play bass on the studio sessions that would become their 1989 album Headless Cross. Cottle wrote and played all the bass parts for the album and appeared on the music video for the song "Headless Cross" but didn't perform live or tour with the band.
In the 1990s, he produced three albums for guitarist Jim Mullen and recorded with British Jazz Musicians Mornington Lockett, Tim Garland, Django Bates, Gerard Presencer, and John Graham. From 2003 to 2006, he was a member of Bill Bruford's Earthworks. In 2009, He produced albums for Claire Martin, Gareth Williams, and Mark Nightingale.
He played on Van Morrison's 2017 album Roll with the Punches.
2021 through 2022 brings the long awaited reunion of THE PROJECT for their first tour EVER. The tour will be three years and will commence during early 2021 in Europe. The reunion of Lenny Zakatek on lead vocals, Andrew Powell on keyboards and conducting, Laurence Cottle on bass, Stuart Elliott on drums, Richard Cottle on keyboards and saxophone and featuring guests Dave Bainbridge and Sam Blue on guitars and vocals will prove to be the rock music's main event of each year.
Recordings featuring Laurence Cottle
Alan Parsons Project - Gaudi
Alan Parsons Project - Freudiana
Bass-talk six - Deep Impact Ahead
Bass-talk! - Bass-talk!
Basstorius - Basstorius
Black Sabbath - Headless Cross
Brian Eno - Nerve Net
Chi Coltrane - The Message
Chris Farlowe - The Voice
Clark Tracey - Stability
Cozy Powell - The Drums are Back
Daunik Lazro - General Gramofon
Dick Heckstall-Smith - Celtic Steppes
Don Airey - K2 / Tales of Triumph and Tragedy
Eric Clapton - August
Fents - The Other Side
Forcefield - Forcefield II - the Talisman
Gary Moore - After the War
Geoff Eales - Mountains of Fire
Greg Kane - Stranger Things Have Happened
Hanson - Snowed In
Hue & Cry - Next Move
Itchy Fingers - Teranga
Itchy Fingers - Quark
Jason Rebello - A Clearer View
Jim Mullen - Into The 90's
John Graham Band - First and Last
Kevin Brown - Time Marches On
Laurence Cottle - Five Seasons
Laurence Cottle Big Band - Laurence Cottle Big Band
Laurence Cottle Quintet - Live
Network - Corroded Path
Nigel Hitchcock Quartet - The Snake Ranch Sessions
Nina Hagen - Nina Hagen
Paul Spong - Holdin' On
Seal - 2nd album
The James Taylor Quartet - Get Organized
Tim Garland Quartet - Playing to the Moon
Tony Iommi - Iommi
Tony Martin - Back where I Belong
Van Morrison - Roll with the Punches
TV/Film Music Composed by Laurence Cottle
All My Children
Bill Nye the Science Guy
CBS Sneak Peek
Full Body Massage
Good Morning America
3rd Rock from the Sun
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
Take the High Road
Oprah Winfrey Show
Married With Children
Jim Carrey Movie Special
Take a Girl Like You
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