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Jon Hassell's lovely, effects-laden horn playing is the centerpiece of an aqueous and mysterious musical environment. The Memphis-born musician grew up listening to jazz, studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen, and played on Terry Riley’s In C. In 1980 he collaborated with Brian Eno on Fourth World, Vol. 1, Possible Musics, which mixed composition and improvisation, and drew on world music. If you’ve heard any of Hassell’s recordings of the last thirty years, you will probably quickly recognize his distinctive sound on this 2009 release. (The lengthy title comes from a Coleman Barks translation of a 13th-century poem by Rumi.) Hassell subtly integrates live and studio recordings to create his trademark sound, and the album also uses “live sampling,” which lets Jan Bang sample individual players as they perform live, alter their playing, and then feed the new material back into the overall mix. It’s hard to pick out individual highlights here: the whole album is so well integrated that it’s best to just immerse yourself for the duration. Hassell doesn’t sound like anyone else, and Last Night… is another fine addition to this ambient master’s oeuvre.

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People... buy this! (if you like this sort of thing :-)

I must say, to call this recording "self indulgent junk" and suggest it could be tossed off on a PC is about the height of superficial analysis. Just because you don't like or understand something doesn't mean it isn't good. While it certainly isn't Jazz (per se), it is another innovative offering by one of the most universally respected musicians around. It's a sound scape that's likely to remind one of a perpetual dusk (or is it twilight?); ever shifting deep dark rich textures underscored by loose exotic polyrhythms. Like so much great Jazz, it's a piece of work that rewards the listener the closer one listens. All in all another beautifully strange, wonderfully haunting Hassell recording.


john hassell once again exhibits a wonderful sense of musical tapestry, weaving together textures, impulses, feeling... Listening to these compositions, one can be taken on a beautiful river of ambient sound, provoking stillness and space inwardly. Take the time to "be" with the recording. As far as the one star review goes, I doubt given your temperament that is evident in the language you use in your review that you have the sensibility and self awareness to compose any thing other than rancor. TOO Bad....

Thank the lord the Jazz Police arrived....

Wow, how lucky we are the Jazz Police caught this! I am hoping there will be stern action in the form (ha ha, how clever) of action for the brazen quotation of "Caravan". Now that IS a jazz tune. Very disrespectful. And what about no "tink tinka dink" on a cymbal? How blatently in violation of a "Jazz" precedent. Shameful. Jazzer Jail will be a hot house tonight! Realistically though true "Jazz" fans know there has been no real "Jazz" since 1957. It is all egregious light weight and undisciplined "interpretation" from that date forward. The JP's have their handsfull alright! Also great to know there are so many equally talented Policemen out there that can recreate or offer up a universally distinctive and innovative sound and style in their bedroom on a stock sound card and dell PC. Maybe that was what the tune Mr. PC was honoring????? Personally I think there also should be more enforcement of the proper use of upper structure triads, true "Jazz" reharmonizations and serious consequences for anyone playing a major 7th on a Dominant 7th chord. Just appalling. We must vigilantly fight to keep our "Jazz" Static!!! dop (bop with a d!!!! Exciting! Respectful!!!!) This album is incredibly beautiful. -D-


Born: March 22, 1937 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Trumpeter Jon Hassell was the originator and unrivaled master of the musical aesthetic he dubbed Fourth World -- in his own words, "a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques." Born March 22, 1937, in Memphis, TN, he attended Rochester, NY's Eastman School of Music and Washington, D.C.'s Catholic University before studying in Europe under the legendary Karlheinz Stockhausen. After subsequent collaborations with minimalist pioneers...
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