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Jon Hassell Words & Music // Podcast

June 5, 2015

Last week Gilles had the legendary trumpet player and electronic music pioneer, Jon Hassell pass by the Brownswood Basement.

Jon was a close collaborator with David Byrne and Brian Eno, famed for his ‘fourth world’ sound which in the 1970s and 80s was unique in merging third world tradition with first world technology.

During a hour of words and music, Jon honestly and thought-provokingly discusses that Talking Heads period and some of the regrets he has from that time, as well as touching on his experiences working with German electronic music composer Stockhausen, his admiration for Gil Evans, and his developed thoughts on the north vs south/ mind vs body divide, which have significantly informed the way he creates his music and lives his life.

His is an extraordinary story of learning, cultural discovery, and a resounding commitment to realising his unique creative vision.

Jon Hassell – Earthquake Island (Earthquake Island)
Brian Eno & Jon Hassell – Chemistry (Fourth World Part 1: Possible Musics)
Brian Eno & David Byrne – The Jezebel Spirit (My Life In The Bush of Ghosts)
Brian Eno & David Byrne – Number 8 Mix (My Life In The Bush of Ghosts)
Talking Heads – Once In A Life Time (Remain In Light)
Brian Eno & David Byrne – A Secret Life (My Life In The Bush of Ghosts)
Stockhausen – Klavierstuck I (Klavierstuck)
Miles Davis – On The Corner (Take 4) (On The Corner)
Terry Riley – In C (In C)
Jon Hassell – Mombasa (City: Works of Fiction)
Jon Hassell – Blues Nile (Vernal Equinox)
Jon Hassell – Hex (Vernal Equinox)
Gil Evans – Prayer (Porgy & Bess)
Jon Hassell – Tribal Secret (Earthquake Island)
Jon Hassell – Balía (Earthquake Island)
Jon Hassell – Maarifa Street (Maarifa Street)
Jon Hassell – Dreaming (Forthcoming)
Jon Hassell – City Spot (Forthcoming)

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