Note: there’s been various recent updates, so I’m reposting this today. Scroll down for the latest.
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:
JON HASSELL – CITY: WORKS OF FICTION
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.
PRE-ORDER 3CD: http://burningshed.com/store/allsaints/product/508/5677/
PRE-ORDER 2LP: https://www.burningshed.com/store/allsaints/product/508/5678/
Out on 2 June 2014:
GREATER LENGTHS – AN ALL SAINTS COMPILATION
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.
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.
Edit: 4/26/2014 news
Jon Hassell Remixes 12″
Reinterpretations of Jon Hassell tracks by Bandshell (Mute), patten (Warp), No UFO’s (Public Information) and Some Truths (Mordant).
3 tracks taken from the ‘Psychogeography’ bonus disc of All Saints expanded reissue of Jon Hassell’s City: Works Of Fiction album plus the Bandshell remix from the ‘Greater Lengths’ All Saints label compilation and remix album. Current producers and artists working in a sympathetic idiom were invited to re-work and re-interpret some of the highlights from the All Saints archive.
For this EP the starting point was original tracks from the City: Works Of Fiction album, radically reinterpreted by the chosen producers, with the resulting version given a new title via a dialogue between Jon and the remixer.
INVERSION Bandshell – 4:25
version of “Rain”
METAL FATIGUE patten – 5:38
version of “Voiceprint (Blind From The Facts)”
BA-YA DUB No UFO’s – 5:13
version of “Ba-Ya D”
ELSEWHERE IS A NEGATIVE MIRROR Some Truths – 5:09
version of “Mombasa”
Edit: 5/16/2014 news
Jon Hassell Remixes – TRAILER
from All Saints Records PLUS
Reinterpretations of Jon Hassell tracks by Bandshell (Mute), patten (Warp), No UFO’s (Public Information)
and Some Truths (Mordant Music).
3 tracks taken from the ‘Psychogeography’ bonus disc of All Saints expanded reissue of Jon Hassell’s City: Works Of Fiction album plus the Bandshell remix from the Greater Lengths All Saints label compilation and remix album. Current producers and artists working in a sympathetic idiom were invited to re-work and re-interpret some of the highlights from the All Saints archive.
Released as a limited edition 12″ vinyl and Download EP on 19 May 2014 (3 June in North America).
Trailer Audio: Jon Hassell – Inversion (Bandshell re-work of the City: Works Of Fiction track “Rain”)
Video by Sally Sibbet for Pulse Films
ABOUT JON HASSELL:
A trumpet player, composer and musical conceptualist, Jon Hassell’s career bisects a multitude of strands in the history of the avant-garde and the development of genuinely new forms of music. Having studied under Karl-Heinz Stockhausen in Cologne (alongside future members of the band Can), he played on the original recording of Terry Riley’s In C (1968), was part of La Monte Young’s Theatre Of Eternal Music and studied Kiranic singing with Pandit Pran Nath, all of which informed his own instrumental technique and treatment of the trumpet with various electronic effects. A growing interest in the indigenous music of other cultures led to the invention of his ‘Fourth World’ blend of different styles, first heard on albums such as Vernal Equinox and Earthquake Island in the late-1970s. These caught the ear of Brian Eno, who collaborated with Hassell on the Possible Musics album, and used many of the Fourth World ideas on his My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts album with David Byrne. He has played on albums by artists including Talking Heads (the seminal Remain In Light), Peter Gabriel and Bjork, composed film soundtracks and contributed to theatre works. Jon continues to tour and make new music – he is currently collaborating with techno legends Moritz Von Oswald and Carl Craig for a proposed album on Tresor Records.
Jon Hassell Remixes – TRAILER from All Saints Records on Vimeo.
Edit: 5/29/2014 news
Jon Hassell – City: Works Of Fiction – Expanded Edition Trailer
from All Saints Records PLUS 2 weeks ago NOT YET RATED
Combining his trademark brand of Fourth World fusion with new influences from the emerging hip-hop scene, this 1990 album is a landmark release in Jon Hassell’s career to date. Futuristic sci-fi funk with a completely melted production aesthetic – instruments and samples blur into one another in the manner of the best dub records.
Presented here in a deluxe triple disc edition alongside a 1989 concert performance of the City group, mixed live by Brian Eno, and a carefully edited sequence of alternate takes, demos and re-interpretations by current electronic producers that presents a parallel dimension version of the original release. The vinyl edition features the original album re-cut as a double album for extra wide grooves and improved bass response (the original issue had an hour of music squeezed onto a single piece of vinyl) and a download card with access to the audio content of all 3 discs.
Trailer Audio: Jon Hassell – Voiceprint (Blind From The Facts)
Video by Sally Sibbet for Pulse Films
Jon Hassell – City: Works Of Fiction – Expanded Edition Trailer from All Saints Records on Vimeo.
Edit: 6/2/2014 new…
A 1990 radio interview with Jon Hassell conducted by John Hockenberry.
Edit: 7/8/2014 Spin new interview
Jon Hassell Goes Below the Belt, Challenges Phillip Glass to Dance-Off
Iconic “Fourth World” trumpeter and composer looks back on five decades of sex, drugs, and minimalism
by Andy Beta
Edit: 7/16/2014 new streaming interview on KCRW
L.A. based composer and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell is revered for his minimalist ambient work. We’ll have a rare visit when he brings a trio to perform select pieces for Morning Becomes Eclectic listeners. LISTEN
New interview: “IF THE MUSIC IS GOOD IT’LL PLAY ANYWHERE”: JON HASSELL ON HIS SEMINAL AMBIENT WORK CITY: WORKS OF FICTION
Some new up dates to Jon’s web site: http://www.jonhassell.com/current.html
Jon Hassell Facebook group
Jon Hassell on this blog