Jon Hassell

Jon Hassell

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Composer/trumpeter Jon Hassell is the visionary creator of a style of music he describes as Fourth World, a mysterious, unique hybrid of music both ancient and digital, composed and improvised, Eastern and Western. After composition studies and university degrees in the USA, he went to Europe to study electronic and serial music with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Several years later, he returned to New York where his first recordings were made with minimalist masters La Monte Young and Terry Riley, through whom he met the Hindustani raga master, Pandit Pran Nath, and embarked on a lifelong quest to transmute his teacher's Kirana vocal mastery into a new trumpet sound and style. In the last two decades, he has recorded albums which have, over the years, become so widely appropriated that many of their innovations have become woven anonymously into the texture of contemporary music high and low.
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Jon Hassell Discography

Albums

LML 1021 Jon Hassell Vernal Equinox (Album) Lovely Music, Ltd. LML 1021 US 1977 Sell This Version
200.308 Jon Hassell Earthquake Island (Album) Tomato 200.308 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
EGED 107 Jon Hassell / Brian Eno Jon Hassell / Brian Eno - Fourth World Vol. 1 - Possible Musics (Album) Editions EG, Polydor EGED 107 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
28MM0089 Jon Hassell Dream Theory In Malaya / Fourth World Volume Two (Album, Comp) Editions EG 28MM0089 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
EEGCD 31 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism (Album) Editions EG EEGCD 31 US 1983 Sell This Version
ECM 1327, 78118-21327-2 Jon Hassell Power Spot (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1327, 78118-21327-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
C1-46880 Jon Hassell The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power Of Sound (Album) Intuition Records, Intuition Records C1-46880 US 1987 Sell This Version
CDP 566 7 91186 2 Jon Hassell / Farafina Jon Hassell / Farafina - Flash Of The Spirit (Album) Intuition Records, EMI Electrola CDP 566 7 91186 2 US 1988 Sell This Version
LANDC11 Jon Hassell City: Works Of Fiction (Album) Opal Records, Warner Bros. Records LANDC11 UK 1990 Sell This Version
9362-45523-2 Jon Hassell & Bluescreen Jon Hassell & Bluescreen - Dressing For Pleasure (Album) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45523-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
MASO CD 90066 Jon Hassell / I Magazzini* Jon Hassell / I Magazzini* - Sulla Strada(CD, Album) Materiali Sonori MASO CD 90066 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
OCD014 The Insects & Richard Grassby-Lewis Featuring Jon Hassell The Insects & Richard Grassby-Lewis Featuring Jon Hassell - Love And Death On Long Island (Album) OceanDeep Soundtracks OCD014 UK 1998 Sell This Version
WLA-CS-70-CD Jon Hassell Fascinoma (Album) Water Lily Acoustics WLA-CS-70-CD US 1999 Sell This Version
WLA-CS-71-CD Ronu Majumdar, Ry Cooder, Jon Hassell Ronu Majumdar, Ry Cooder, Jon Hassell - Hollow Bamboo (Album) Water Lily Acoustics WLA-CS-71-CD US 2000 Sell This Version
SSCD013 Richard Grassby-Lewis & The Insects Featuring Jon Hassell Richard Grassby-Lewis & The Insects Featuring Jon Hassell - Owning Mahowny / Flames Of Passion(CDr, Album) 2ndsight SSCD013 UK 2003 Sell This Version
LBLC 6674 Jon Hassell Maarifa Street - Magic Realism 2 (Album) NYEN LBLC 6674 France 2005 Sell This Version
0602517745674 Punkt (2) Featuring Sidsel Endresen / Jon Hassell Punkt (2) Featuring Sidsel Endresen / Jon Hassell - Live Remixes Vol. 1(CD, Album) Jazzland Recordings 0602517745674 Norway 2008 Sell This Version
ECM 2077, 179 2636 Jon Hassell Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 2077, 179 2636 Germany 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

VS 835-12, VS835-12 David Sylvian, Jon HassellSteve Jansen, Holger Czukay David Sylvian, Jon HassellSteve Jansen, Holger Czukay - Words With The Shaman (EP, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin VS 835-12, VS835-12 UK 1985 Sell This Version
0-21742 Jon Hassell Voiceprint (Maxi, Single) Land Records 0-21742 US 1990 Sell This Version
9 41574-2 Jon Hassell And Bluescreen Jon Hassell And Bluescreen - Personals (Maxi) Warner Bros. Records 9 41574-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
none Jon Hassell & Bluescreen Jon Hassell & Bluescreen - Lurch - Nederlands Danstheater II(CD, Maxi) Opal Records none Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
WASTEP2 Jon Hassell Remixes(12", EP) All Saints WASTEP2 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

SUB 33003-5 Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, Gavin Bryars Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, Gavin Bryars - Myths 3. La Nouvelle Sérénité. (Comp) Sub Rosa SUB 33003-5 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

PRO-CD-6951 Jon Hassell & Bluescreen Jon Hassell & Bluescreen - Access Codes For A Culture Of Decorative Eroticism(CD, Smplr, Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO-CD-6951 US 1994 Sell This Version

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phaks

May 12, 2016
edited 2 months ago
No comments or reviews here? How come?
For me Jon Hassell is one of the greatest musicians I ever had the pleasure to listen to. When I heard the 1980 Forth World LP (with Brian Eno) I was hypnotized by this strange 'flanged' trumpet sound in combination with highly percussive worldbeat ensembles. Since then I've listened to most of JH's records. In the 80s the music is more slow jungle, like walking through muddy water, in the 90s it gets more poppy, sometimes slightly overproduced. The City Works Reissue 2015 is fantastic, makes me write this.

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