A tribute release to mark the passing of Rick Turner, a friend and constant source of encouragement and inspiration for the last 20+ years.
The first two tunes are ones recorded immediately after I got news of Rick's death. Disbelief is what I felt for days afterwards - Rick felt invincible, we had plans for trips to Scotland, to Warwick Castle. Adventures. He was a huge presence in my music life over the last 20+ years. I wrote about it over at stevelawson.net/blog
and the video is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=StEgECPC2sw
Rickuiem is the kind of terrible pun he'd have laughed at. Musically it takes the sound of the Ren - a very trad looking instrument - and puts it in the context of the kind of tech innovation that are under the hood. The preamp and pickup in it are truly amazing. All the processing here is from the MOD Devices DuoX. the video is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d66kFEwDHqM
I was going to do an entire EP of tunes using this incredible Renaissance bass he made which I've had for 23 years, but I realised that he influenced so many more areas of my music life than just making a bass that I play. We talked about looping a lot, he even connected me with Evelyn Glennie when she was investigating looping a marimba through a pickup he built for her. He was hugely complimentary about my fretless playing, outside of my playing one of his basses. And of course, pretty much every bass guitar made in the last 50 years owes a debt to one or more of his innovations.
So the last two tunes here are on my two Elrick signature basses. Go Your Own Way is on the fretless, and the title is both a comical nod to his connection with Fleetwood Mac and a reference to the constant inspiration to do things your own way, with conviction and research and passion. Almost no-one ever gave me the kind of nudge that he did, time and time again, to keep pursuing the things that matter to me in music. This is the musical equivalent of riding through semi-familiar lanes without a map, choosing turns on a whim and exploring with no agenda. The music meanders and unfolds in multiple directions, exploring the tone of the bass and myriad harmonic shifts as it flows.
Quiet Corner is for Rick's daughter Juniper, an inventor, luthier, musician, and 100% the truest manifestation of the best legacy that Rick left us with - his curiosity, passion, creativity and desire to take the best of every tradition and build on it with modern tools, tech and knowledge. June is the next generation of Turner geniuses and I can't wait to see how she changes the world ♥️ The video is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH4x8TRnayw