Jon Hassell: visionary trumpet player, student of Pandit Pran Nath and Karlheinz Stockhausen…

A childhood in Memphis, a classical conservatory education, composition and electronic music study with Stockhausen in Cologne; a passage through the New York minimalist sphere with Terry Riley, Reich, Glass; having a window opened onto the world’s music and a new approach to the trumpet via vocal master Pandit Pran Nath; a questioning and deconstruction of the European dichotomy between classical and popular, sacred and sensual; a pioneer of digital transformation and sampling – all of this led to Fourth World – the unique blend which Jon has described as “worldly music” to underline a more subtle equation at work and to discourage the simplistic labeling of “world,” “jazz,” “classical,” “minimal,” or “ambient.”


Coming out on 2 June 2014:


Revisitation of a classic 1990 album by a musical pioneer.

Included alongside the original album is ‘The Living City’, a 1989 concert performance at the Wintergarden in New York City mixed live by Brian Eno, and ‘Psychogeography’, a carefully edited sequence of alternate takes, demos and re-interpretations by cutting edge electronic producers that presents a parallel dimension version of the original release.

Features contributions from 808 State, patten, No UFO’s and Bass Clef.

Available as a 3CD casebound edition, or a 2LP + DL card version that sees the original release re-cut as a double album for vastly improved sound.




Out on 2 June 2014:


A selection of highlights from the All Saints label including Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Jon Hassell, Roedelius, John Cale and Laraaji, alongside specially commissioned interpretations by contemporary artists including Bee Mask, patten, Sun Araw, Hieroglyphic Being and James Blackshaw. 29-track double disc compilation. Sleevenotes by Mark Prendergast, author of The Ambient Century.

Track listing



REMIX EP 2 out on 19 May 2014:


4 tracks from the City: Works Of Fiction album reimagined by Bandshell, patten, No UFO’s and Some Truths.

Limited edition 12” vinyl and download.




1302631616_dumbo2Terry Riley – the Cusp of Magic (Nonesuch)
Terry Riley and Michael McLure- I Like Your Eyes Liberty (Sri Moonshine Music)
Terry Riley – Cantos Desiertos (Naxos)
John Adams – the Chairman Dances (Nonesuch)
John Adams – Naïve and Sentimental Music (Nonesuch)
John Adams – The Chairman Dances; Christian Zeal and Activity; Tromba Lontana; Common Tones in Simple Time (Nonesuch)

Jon Hassell – Works of Fiction (Opal)
Ralph Towner – Travel Guide (ECM)
Vijay Iyer – Mutations (ECM)
Billy Hart – One is the Other (ECM)
Joe Hertenstein, Achim Tang, Jon Irabagon – Future Drone (Jazzwerkstatt)
Jon Irabagon – Foxy (Hot Cup Records)
Stefan Grossman – Black Melodies On A Clear Afternoon (Shanachie)
JS Bach, Jason Vieaux – Vol.1, Works for Lute (Azica)
Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge (Virgin)

New York, NY
Sunday, March 27, 2011

There was a long gap of time where I didn’t perform any solo concerts of my microtonal guitar music. Seven years to the date.

Here’s what it looked like. Listen and hear what it sounded like…not a loud recording, so you’ll have to turn it up a bit.

13 limit just intonation guitar. Thanks to James Ross who set up the concert and recorded video.


hyperbolic paraboloidAlvin Lucier – I Am Sitting in a Room (Lovely Music)
Alvin Lucier – Music on a Long Thin Wire (Lovely Music)
Steve Reich – Triple Quartet, Music for a Large Ensemble, Electric
Guitar Phase (Nonesuch)
Terry Riley, Steffen Schleirmacher – Keyboard Studies (DG Scene)
Terry Riley – Les Yeaux Fermés/ Lifespan (Elision Fields)
Terry Riley, Zeitgeist – Intuitive Leaps (Work Music London)
Fripp and Eno – Evening Star (Editions EG)
Harold Budd – In The Mist (Darla)
Morton Feldman – Coptic Light (Argo)

The Orb – History of the Future (Island)
Kraftwerk – Kraftwerk (Philips)
Kraftwerk – Kraftwerk II (Philips)
Kraftwerk – Ralf und Florian (Philips/Vertigo)

Miles Davis: Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
Ralph Towner with Glenn Moore – Solos, Trios (ECM)
Ralph Towner – Diary (ECM)
Miroslav Vitous – Universal Syncopations II (ECM)


Things I heard this week…

Danilo Perez – Across the Crystal Sea (Decca US)
Garry Burton and Keith Jarrett – Throb (Atlantic)
Keith Jarrett – Death and the Flower (Impulse!)
Keith Jarrett – Back Hand (Impulse!)
Andrew Hill – Point of Departure (Blue Note)
Supersax Plays Bird (Capitol)
Ruth Laredo, Alexander Scriabin – the Complete Piano Sonatas (Nonesuch)
Michael Gordon – Rushes (Cantaloupe Music)
Terry Riley and Stefano Scodonibbio – Lazy Afternoon Among the Crocodiles (Pierrot Lunaire)
Terry Riley and Stefano Scodonibbio – Diamond Fiddle Music (Wergo)
Jon Hassell – Magic Realism, vol 2: Maarifa Street (Nyen)
Jon Hassell – Fascinoma (Water Lilly Acoustics)
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Trilogy (Atlantic)
Robert Fripp and Brian Eno – Beyond Even (Opal)
Rick Wakeman – the Six Wives of Henry the Eighth (A&M)
Rick Wakeman – Journey to the Centre of the Earth (A&M)
Transatlantic – Kaleidoscope (Inside Out)
Opeth – Heritage (Roadrunner Records)

27002_1395369957359_4712863_nIgor Stravinsky at Avery Fisher Hall in 1966.

Alice Coltrane – Translinear Light (Impulse!)
Alice Coltrane – a Monastic Trio (Impulse!)
Ravi Coltrane – Live at the Village Vanguard (streaming from NPR)
Sam Rivers – Hues (Impulse!)
Ornette Coleman – Crisis (Impulse!)
Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky (CBS)
The Bad Plus – The Rite Of Spring (Sony)
Tord Gustavsen – Extended Circle (ECM)
Stanley Clark – Children of Forever (Polydor)
John Cage – Complete String Quartets I & II (Mode)
John Cage – the Works for Piano 4 (Mode)
John Cage – the Works for Piano 7 (Mode)
Harold Budd and John Foxx – Tranlucence + Drift Music (Edsel Records)
The Beatles – Revolver & Rubber Soul

Moon_Venus_conj_20A rare case of self promotion here, I don’t know if this will be a regular feature or not.

Venus and a Moon setting in the West, a view through the trees (1999)
David Beardsley

Synthesizer improvisation, 1999. Korg 05R/W tuned in the system of intervals from the harmonic series known as just intonation.

Listen here.

…and there’s a few hours of music here too.

I don’t know how long this track will be on line, so check it out now.

photo: Johannes Schedler, Panther Observatory

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