Rick Laird  

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Richard Quentin Laird (5 February 1941 – 4 July 2021) was an Irish musician, photographer, teacher, and author best known as the bassist and founding member of the jazz fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra, with which he performed from 1971 to 1973.



As leader

As sideman

With Horacee Arnold

  • Tales of the Exonerated Flea (Columbia, 1974)

With Richie Cole

With Eddie Daniels

  • Brief Encounter (Muse, 1977)

With Stan Getz

With Benny Golson

  • Three Little Words (Jazz House, 1997)

With Eddie Jefferson

With Vic Juris

With Rahsaan Roland Kirk

With Eric Kloss

With Prince Lasha

With Yusef Lateef

  • Live at Ronnie Scott's 15 Jan 1966 (Gearbox Records, 2017)

With The Mahavishnu Orchestra

With Czesław Niemen

With Gerry Niewood

  • Gerry Niewood and Timepiece (A&M/Horizon, 1977)

With Anita O'Day

  • Ao vivo no 150 Night Club (Estúdio Eldorado, 1984)

With Buddy Rich

With Sonny Rollins

  • Live in London (Harkit, 2004)
  • Live in London, Vol. 2 (Harkit, 2005)
  • Live in London, Vol. 3 (Harkit, 2006)

With Annie Ross

  • You and Me Baby (Decca, 1971)

With Clive Stevens & Friends

  • Atmospheres (Capitol, 1974)

With Stan Tracey

  • Laughin' & Scratchin' (Jazz House, 1966)

With Treasure

  • Treasure (Epic, 1977)

Instructional books

  • Laird, Rick. (1978) Jazz Riffs for Bass<ref name=GP80/>
  • Laird, Rick. (1980) Improvising Jazz Bass (Music Sales Corp)<ref name=GP80/>

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