Jon Hassell

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Jon M. Hassell
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American trumpeter, composer and author
Born: 22nd March 1937 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Died: 26th June 2021 Los Angeles, California, USA
Creator of a style of music he described 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.
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TOM-7019 Jon Hassell - Earthquake Island illustration d'album Jon Hassell Earthquake Island (Album) Tomato TOM-7019 US 1978 Vendre cette version
LML 1021 Jon Hassell - Vernal Equinox illustration d'album Jon Hassell Vernal Equinox (Album) Lovely Music, Ltd. LML 1021 US 1978 Vendre cette version
EGED 107 Jon Hassell - Fourth World Vol. 1 - Possible Musics illustration d'album Jon Hassell / Brian Eno Jon Hassell / Brian Eno - Fourth World Vol. 1 - Possible Musics (Album) Editions EG, Polydor EGED 107 Canada 1980 Vendre cette version
2335 226, EGED 13 Jon Hassell - Dream Theory In Malaya (Fourth World Volume Two) illustration d'album Jon Hassell Dream Theory In Malaya (Fourth World Volume Two) (Album) Editions EG 2335 226, EGED 13 New Zealand 1981 Vendre cette version
EGEDC 31 Jon Hassell - Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism illustration d'album Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism (Album) Editions EG EGEDC 31 US 1983 Vendre cette version
ECM 829 466-4, 829-466-4, 829 466-4 Jon Hassell - Power Spot illustration d'album Jon Hassell Power Spot (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 829 466-4, 829-466-4, 829 466-4 US 1986 Vendre cette version
C1-46880 Jon Hassell - The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power Of Sound illustration d'album Jon Hassell The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power Of Sound (Album) Intuition Records, Intuition Records C1-46880 US 1987 Vendre cette version
CDP 566 7 91186 2 Jon Hassell - Flash Of The Spirit illustration d'album Jon Hassell / Farafina Jon Hassell / Farafina - Flash Of The Spirit (Album) Intuition Records, EMI Electrola CDP 566 7 91186 2 US 1988 Vendre cette version
9 26153-4, 4-26153 Jon Hassell - City: Works Of Fiction illustration d'album Jon Hassell City: Works Of Fiction (Album) Opal Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 26153-4, 4-26153 US 1990 Vendre cette version
9 45523-4 Jon Hassell - Dressing For Pleasure illustration d'album Jon Hassell And Bluescreen Jon Hassell And Bluescreen - Dressing For Pleasure (Album) Warner Bros. Records 9 45523-4 US 1994 Vendre cette version
MASO CD 90066 Jon Hassell - Sulla Strada illustration d'album Jon Hassell / I Magazzini* Jon Hassell / I Magazzini* - Sulla Strada (Album) Materiali Sonori MASO CD 90066 Italy 1995 Vendre cette version
ES01 Jon Hassell - Bluescreen Project - The Vertical Collection (Sketches)  illustration d'album Jon Hassell / Peter Freeman (2) Jon Hassell / Peter Freeman (2) - Bluescreen Project - The Vertical Collection (Sketches) (CD, Album) Earshot Records (4) ES01 France 1997 Vendre cette version
OCD014 Jon Hassell - Love And Death On Long Island illustration d'album 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 Vendre cette version
WLA-CS-70-CD Jon Hassell - Fascinoma illustration d'album Jon Hassell Fascinoma (Album) Water Lily Acoustics WLA-CS-70-CD US 1999 Vendre cette version
WLA-CS-71-SACD Jon Hassell - Hollow Bamboo illustration d'album Ronu Majumdar, Ry Cooder, Jon Hassell, Abhijit Banerjee Ronu Majumdar, Ry Cooder, Jon Hassell, Abhijit Banerjee - Hollow Bamboo (Album) Water Lily Acoustics WLA-CS-71-SACD US 2000 Vendre cette version
SSCD013 Jon Hassell - Owning Mahowny / Flames Of Passion illustration d'album 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 Vendre cette version
LBLC 6674 Jon Hassell - Maarifa Street (Magic Realism 2) illustration d'album Jon Hassell Maarifa Street (Magic Realism 2) (Album) NYEN LBLC 6674 France 2005 Vendre cette version
1774567 Jon Hassell - Live Remixes Vol. 1 illustration d'album Punkt (2) Featuring Sidsel Endresen / Jon Hassell Punkt (2) Featuring Sidsel Endresen / Jon Hassell - Live Remixes Vol. 1 (Album) Jazzland Recordings 1774567 Europe 2008 Vendre cette version
ECM 2077, 179 2636 Jon Hassell - Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street illustration d'album Jon Hassell Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 2077, 179 2636 Germany 2009 Vendre cette version
RA.EX270 Jon Hassell - RA.EX270 Jon Hassell illustration d'album Jon Hassell RA.EX270 Jon Hassell(File, MP3, Promo, 320) Resident Advisor RA.EX270 UK 2015
NDEYA1CD Jon Hassell - Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) illustration d'album Jon Hassell Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) (Album) Ndeya NDEYA1CD Europe 2018 Vendre cette version
4413137 Jon Hassell - Truancy Volume 53: Maxmillion Dunbar illustration d'album Jon Hassell, Maxmillion Dunbar Jon Hassell, Maxmillion Dunbar - Truancy Volume 53: Maxmillion Dunbar Ndeya 4413137 UK & Europe 2020 Vendre cette version
NDEYA7LPX, NDEYA7LP, 4413137 Jon Hassell - Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) illustration d'album Jon Hassell Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) (Album) Ndeya NDEYA7LPX, NDEYA7LP, 4413137 Europe 2020 Vendre cette version

Singles & EPs

602 066, 602 066-213 Jon Hassell - Words With The Shaman illustration d'album David Sylvian, Jon HassellSteve Jansen, Holger Czukay David Sylvian, Jon HassellSteve Jansen, Holger Czukay - Words With The Shaman (EP, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin 602 066, 602 066-213 Europe 1985 Vendre cette version
0-21742 Jon Hassell - Voiceprint illustration d'album Jon Hassell Voiceprint (Maxi, Single) Land Records 0-21742 US 1990 Vendre cette version

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patina

patina

9 juillet 2021
jon hassell is one of my absolute favorite musicians. ever since i first heard 'fourth world vol. 1 - possible musics' (especially the track "ba-benzélé"), i have immersed myself in many of his albums. he was something very special; and no one else has made music that sounds quite the same as his. he was an incredible music maker. i noticed from the post by 'mjb' below that hassell had "fallen on hard times" during the last year of so of his life. it is so sad to me that a musician of his caliber (like so many others) were not able to make ends meet after a lifetime of dedication and beautiful sound. pathetic...
Hauntology

Hauntology

26 juin 2021
Another legendary beautiful soul has departed this universe.
Leaving a legacy of immeasurable proportions and a hugely influential role in the world of music.
RIP, John.
mjb

mjb

12 décembre 2020
edité 4 months ago
No one can get into ambient music without running across some Jon Hassell sooner or later. His music is always more than a bit "next level" for me, coming from an experimental jazz background, with very innovative use of trumpet. It borders on being "challenging" listening at times, yet manages to steer mostly clear of atonality, dissonance, and other experimental music clichés. His use of world music influences is thoughtful. Accompaniment, in the sense of simple chords and harmonies, is not in his repertoire; everything he does, whether minimal or dense, is a very deliberate soundscape and a true sonic journey.

That said, sometimes I feel the omnipresent trumpet as a lead instrument could have just been dispensed with; the man is sufficiently talented with every device in the studio, and not every piece ends up benefiting from the persistence of this one instrumental voice.

[edited to remove reference to Hassell falling on hard times; he has since died]
Arizur

Arizur

28 novembre 2018
The Discovery of the Fourth World

From time immemorial the trumpet has been a signal and military musical instrument and for a long time was reserved only for the rulers. One could say that it is the instrument of power par excellence and so it is not surprising that e.g. in jazz one has distinguished himself the most, who has quasi machismoed with it: Miles Davis. I'm a big admirer of Miles Elektrik-Jazz der 70' and Jon Hassell states on his website that 'Bitches Brew' was one of his great inspirations, which is perhaps most expressed on his first album 'Earthquake Island'.

However, I believe that Jon Hassell founded the only serious alternative trumpet school that could prove a contrasting independence next to the power style of Miles. The transfer of the Indian classical vocal style to the trumpet - an extremely idiosyncratic step - combined with an extremely soft and 'wet' blowing technique brings the sound of Hassell's trumpet very close to that of the conch horn. But in combination with the electronics of the Eventide Harmonizer used since the late 70's, a unique, unmistakable and highly aesthetic sound texture has been created, which has not only become Hassell's trademark, but has also placed the trumpet itself in a completely new field of application.

So much for the sound. Is it any wonder, then, that the 4.World series was the starting point for a stylistic novelty? Mortimer's 1924 film soundtrack of 'The Thief of Baghdad' may have been one of the earliest successful attempts of 'Exotica'. Denny and Esquivel may have pushed him to the top in the 50' and already (Free-)Jazz, Psychedelia and Bollywood(!) may have done a real ethnological exploration from then on. But what you get to hear at Hassell is probably the most consistent electronic processing of traditionally rooted music ever created. It goes far beyond the usual reception as it has been done on Eno/Byrne's 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts', - it is simply about the discovery of a new planet in the musical system, the 4th world! Only very few settled in the course of the 80' on this world, Sussan Deihim & R. Horowitz with 'Azax Attra' for instance and 'Lights in a fat City' with (and only with) 'Somewhere'.

Later David Toop, Steve Roach and Lázlo Hortobági (with his ECM album) may have explored this direction, while the Nordic jazz scene with Petter Molvaer and Arve Henriksen has produced two real trumpet students from Hassell. It may be, that in the Asian- and Oriental Underground styles from the mid 90's onwards there were purely formal points of contact and overlaps, but either the reference was made by people of cultural origin or mainly purely receptively (if not exploitively) and in most cases, of course, without a pithy lead instrument like Hassell - from the jazz point of view - leads it into the field. In other words, even if Jon Hassell took other (no less interesting) paths from the 90' onwards and only in the 10' years fell back on his 'ethnomixtures', the world he explored is still underpopulated in the music universe after almost 40 years(!)! Unbelievable! So someone has renewed an instrument tradition, produced a new style and created a new music aesthetic and is perceived for decades by the music world only as a figure on the edge!

Once again: the world has always had a hard time with exotic futurists with a pronounced sense of genius! But Jon Hassell undoubtedly deserves the place of a great inspirer and innovator of the musical avant-garde of the last third of the 20th century! And in the front ranks! No more and no less!

Arizur/Zoa 2018
phaks

phaks

12 mai 2016
edité over 6 years 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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