Larry Stabbins was born in Bristol where he started a long association with jazz pianist Keith Tippett when he was 16, at the same time serving his musical apprenticeship playing saxophone in countless soul bands and dance band residencies, where he wrote arrangements of current hits for 8-10 piece bands.
In addition to working with most of the contemporary jazz scene during the seventies, he later played in the seminal pop group Weekend and formed a key writing partnership with its guitarist Simon Booth. This became the basis for soul/jazz band Working Week which mixed jazz with latin dance rhythms and vocals by singers such as Juliet Roberts, Julie Tippetts, Robert Wyatt and Tracy Thorn. The band toured extensively in Europe and Japan, performing at most of Europe’s major jazz festivals, with Stabbins and Booth writing and recording five albums for Virgin Records.
In addition to this they produced the score for the first Comic Strip film Supergrass (together with Keith Tippett), also Lygmalion (Nigel Finch) and contributed music to various films including Absolute Beginners (Julian Temple), Mr Frost and Out Of Order, while Larry also wrote the score for Small Worlds Big Words (Colin McCabe/ Alan Durant) and contributed to London Kills Me (Hanif Kureishi). They also wrote various TV themes including Frocks On The Box and Saturday Night At The Movies.
In recent years he has provided a score (with Simon Emmerson) for the Discovery Documentary Brazil Revealed and has a new project with Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley, Stonephace on Tru Thoughts Records.
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