How long has Jon Hassell been around? Long enough to have played on Terry Riley’s first recording of In C in 1968. His debut album, Vernal Equinox released in 1977, influenced Brian Eno and the two musicians went on to create the groundbreaking album, Fourth World Volume 1: Possible Musics. His trumpet is one of the most distinct sounds in music, a breathy whisper magnified by harmonizers and other processing into a smooth chordal glissando. It’s been heard on records by Peter Gabriel, Ry Cooder and Talking Heads and he’s released a string of inventive albums on his own. In 1990, he put out the powerful album, City: Works Of Fiction, a sign-post in what came to be known as techno-tribal music, a merging of electronics and world music elements with heavy grooves. It’s just been reissued by All Saints Records in a deluxe set that includes a live performance from 1989 mixed by Brian Eno and an additional CD of outtakes and remixes. I interviewed Jon Hassell while he was recording that album in 1989. We revisit that on Echoes today..