Laurent Coq is the type of musician that I am
most drawn to, in that he has such a personal and rich vision that
he has created his own musical world. The music on his current release,
Versatile, is so powerful, original, and simply beautiful that I
find myself in admiration of what he has achieved. His playing is
rich, subtle, and swinging, and each composition stakes out its
own unique territory.
I would like to reflect on two aspects of Laurent Coq's musicianship
that infuse this wonderful recording: his fertile imagination -
a faculty so often undervalued these days - and his exceptional
skill at handling the subtleties of his craft. When a musician has
these elements working together, and has access to his emotional
depths, great music can come to life, and it has on this recording.