"...both new and comforting, melodic and swinging but vibrant."
"Guitarist / composer Laurent Medelgi (who makes me think of Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino — depending on how the light is coming in to the room) has assembled a cohesive jazz quartet that evokes some of the work of Chick Corea. [...] This band has its own delightful swinging momentum — on original compositions built on simple lines that take unpredictable turns."
Laurent was born and raised in Paris where he picked up the guitar at age 12. He moved to NYC in the Fall of 93. A year later, he recorded and co-produced his first Album with Gotham,7-piece Funk/Jazz Band and then toured the States and Europe, opening for Ramsey Lewis and James Moody.
After studying with Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz, he formed his own Jazz projects and released his Debut Album in 2002 on the British Label String Jazz "Circles, Live @ 55 Bar". His second release on Evander Music 'Diverses' features his compositions arranged for Strings and horns. His latest offering is a Live performance at Smalls in New York "Live in The Vlllage".
He has performed at The Blue Note, Ny, Smalls, Birdland, 55 Bar, and all over Europe in Festivals and Clubs and with Tony/Grammy winning Artists.
Some of his band members have been:
JT Lewis, Ferenc Nemeth, Jonathan Blake, Keith Carlock, Bob Meyer, Duane Eubanks, Steve LaSpina, Ben Drazen, Jon Irabagon, Jean-Marc Brisson, Philippe Gobinet, Laurent Coulondre, Maxime Berton, and many more...
He has appeared on guitar in top Broadway Shows Rent, Hairspray, Spring Awakening, The Wedding Singer, In The Heights, etc...
"A melange of Tradition and Modernism, from Kenny Burell to Pat Metheny..."
Jazz Hot Magazine
The music is all straight ahead modern bop, with the influence of John Abercrombie, Kenny Burrell and the lighter side of John Scofield discernible."
Eric Lewis Jazz Now.
"Pleasing sitar-like guitar 'twang' synonymous with Metheny's playing. "All About Jazz.
"Un Album audacieux qui mele tradition et modernisme…de Kenny Burrell a Pat Metheny." Jazz Hot, Michel Maestracci.
"Reminiscent de Mike Stern and Leni Stern avec les meilleurs moments de Larry Carlton" Robert Whyte Music Review ", Brisbane Australia.