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Finnish Bassist Pekka Pohjola Dies

One of Finland’s most renowned progressive rock composers and bass players, Pekka Pohjola, has died.

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Pohjola, born in 1952, was well known for his talents in the fields of jazz, rock, folk and classical music.

After studying classical music at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, Pohjola turned his sights on rock becoming a skilled bass guitarist.

He started in the band Jussi and the Boys before joining the progressive rock group Wigwam. His first solo album was released in 1972.

Several of Pohjola’s albums were released in both Britain and the United States. His 1977 release Keesojen Lehto (The Mathematician’s Air Display) was one of several albums issued on the Virgin label and also featured the talents of Mike Oldfield. Pohjola also appeared on Oldfield’s live album Exposed.

In addition to wide-ranging studio session work, Pohjola also composed his own symphony as well as music for television and the theatre.

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