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Details of Eivind Aarset to the 4 on Phantasmagoria

The Norwegian Jazzland label has published details of jazztronica guitar legend Eivind Aarset's latest album to be released this autumn. Phantasmagoria, or A Different Kind of Journey is timed for release during the upcoming Punkt festival in …

Published: 5 Jul 2021. Updated: 18 days.

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The Norwegian Jazzland label has published details of jazztronica guitar legend Eivind Aarset's latest album to be released this autumn.

Phantasmagoria, or A Different Kind of Journey is timed for release during the upcoming Punkt festival in September. On this 4tet configuration Aarset builds from i. e. terrain with bass guitarist Audun Erlien and two drummer-percussionists Erland Dahlen and Wetle Holte plus among album guests on 'Manta Ray or Soft Spot' Nordic jazz titan the trumpeter Arve Henriksen appears.

Album piece 'Light on Sanzu River' takes inspiration from 'Waiting For a Boat' by singer Anneli Drecker. That song appeared on Rune Grammofon album Rocks & Straws (2015). Also guesting iconic sampler Jan Bang contributes to several Phantasmagoria tracks. Field recordings by John Derek Bishop are also factored in on a few numbers.

Eivind Arset 4tet, top. Aarset in the picture is third from left. Photo: Jazzland

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The Mahavishnu Orchestra bass guitarist Rick Laird has died at the age of 80

John McLaughlin has led online tributes to The Mahavishnu Orchestra bass guitarist Rick Laird who has died at the age of 80 writing on Twitter: ''RIP brother Rick Laird. What great memories we have . Miss you!!!'' No cause of death is known. …

Published: 5 Jul 2021. Updated: 18 days.

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John McLaughlin has led online tributes to The Mahavishnu Orchestra bass guitarist Rick Laird who has died at the age of 80 writing on Twitter: ''RIP brother Rick Laird. What great memories we have . Miss you!!!''

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No cause of death is known. Laird, who was born in Dublin, moved to New Zealand in his teens following his parents' divorce and later lived in Australia before moving to England and eventually switching to bass guitar when he began playing with Brian Auger's Trinity although he was initially inspired as a teen to play upright bass by listening to records by Ray Brown.

Laird, ever the intrepid traveller, moved to the States to study at Berklee in Boston and gigged with Buddy Rich and then made musical history with McLaughlin on The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire and Between Nothingness & Eternity. Later he took up photography and moved away from music for a period but returned to play with Chick Corea, Buddy De Franco and Jan Hammer as well as writing books on the bass and teaching.