A Fourth World Explorer Turns 80: Jon Hassell
AN ARCHITECT OF THE FOURTH WORLD TURNS 80
Trumpeter Jon Hassell’s music roots go back to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Lamonte Young’s Theatre of Eternal Music and playing on the first recording of Terry Riley’s In C. His Fourth World music concepts were brought to popularity in collaborations with Brian Eno, and his distinctive trumpet sound has been adopted by musicians like Mark Isham. Ever since his 1977 debut album, Vernal Equinox on the old Lovely Music Label, Hassell has pursued a singular vision that sounds deeper, more profound and more sensual with each passing year. John DIliberto has interviewed him many times since 1988, when his Power Spot album came out. With interviews from Hassell spanning those years and comments from Eno, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, and former bandmate and film composer Jeff Rona, we look back on a musician who is still pushing the sonic envelope as he celebrates his 80th birthday. Hear it in the Echoes Podcast right here, download from iTunes or listen on the Echoes App.