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Jon Hassell: City: Works of Fiction (Expanded Edition)

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Originally released in 1990 on Brian Eno's forward-thinking Opal Records and reissued again, two years later, on All Saints Records, Jon Hassell's City: Works of Fiction was the trumpeter/keyboardist/conceptualist's fourth “official" installment in the Fourth World series that began with Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (EG, 1980), followed by Fourth World Vol. 2: Dream Theory in Malaysia (EG, 1981) and Aka / Darbari / Java--Magic Realism (EG, 1983), though this groundbreaking and ultimately vastly influential concept truly began to take shape with his first recording under his own name, Vernal Equinox (Lovely Music, 1977)--where, as he described in his ...

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Jon Hassell: Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street

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One of the most significant American composer/musicians of the late twentieth century, Jon Hassell, has served as a synthesist, catalyst, and eventually a sound painter and innovator. He has, over the course of his career, unleashed a stunning new vocabulary that still resounds today in the playing of artists including Nils Petter Molvaer, Arve Henriksen, Paolo Fresu and Erik Truffaz and a plethora of electronic music adventurers such as Orb, Howie B, and Tricky. By drawing on aspects of music from Africa and Asia, he continually fashions a new model that he's named Fourth World Music. It ...

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Jon Hassell: Fourth World and Balancing the North and South of You

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He may well be one of the most insidious influences in modern music. Trumpeter, composer and deep thinker Jon Hassell may not have the same name recognition as, say, Miles Davis, but his unmistakable approach to music--he calls it Fourth World music--has affected musicians around the globe, ranging from now friend/co-conspirator Brian Eno, British post-rock crooner David Sylvian and singer/songwriter Tim Elsenburg (aka Sweet Billy Pilgrim), to jazz-centric artists including trumpeters Arve Henriksen, Nils Petter Molvær and Matthias Eick, as well as guitarist Eivind Aarset, and samplers/producers Jan Bang and Erik Honoré.Bang and Honoré are also the co-Artistic ...

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Jon Hassell: Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street

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Jon Hassell Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street ECM Records 2009

While he's rarely been out of action, the past couple years have seen a significant increase in the public exposure of trumpeter Jon Hassell, especially in Europe. Hassell may not be as well-known, say, as Miles Davis, but amongst a broadening group of musicians and listeners, it's become clear that his influence may well be no less pervasive--just, perhaps, more understated and subversive. While Hassell has continued to release albums periodically over the past decade--notably the ...

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Jon Hassell 2009 Tour

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Jon Hassell The Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus, OH February 5, 2009

Jon Hassell and his band Maarifa Street entered the stage of The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio a few minutes before their scheduled 8pm start. The house lights were still up, and the leader explained they we were witnessing his band warming up. Strange doings, because the band never exited, and there was no segue into the actually performance. The lights merely dimmed and without introductions we were transported into Hassell's self-described “Fourth World."

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Jon Hassell: Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street

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Jon Hassell Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street ECM Records 2009

Coinciding with his first tour of the States in over twenty years, trumpet player and self-described Fourth World musician Jon Hassell returns to ECM for his first release on the label since Power Spot (1985). With Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street, a title taken from a 13th century poem, Hassell continues his distinctive musical pursuits in the form of “a continuous piece, almost symphonic, with a cinematic construction." ...

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Punkt / Sidsel Endresen / Jon Hassell: Live Remixes Vol. 1

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If there's any downside to Norway's intrepid Punkt Fest, it's the inherently restricted audience capable of participating in its profound experience. While performances from artists spanning the entire musical spectrum are almost always captivating, it's Punkt's premise of following each show with a Live Remix, where other musicians interact with radical manipulations of the music just heard. The musical laboratory of the Alpha Room, where the Live Remixes take place, is limited to fewer than 300 people, resulting in a wealth of experiments heard by a very limited group of people.

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