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Jon Hassell – Vernal Equinox

Jon Hassell
Vernal Equinox
Style: Electronic, Jazz
Label: Lovely Music, Ltd.
Catalog Number: LML 1021
Released: 1978, 70's
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Most listeners seem to discover the highly regarded avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell via his Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics collaboration with Brian Eno which was not just a defining record for Hassell as an artist, but also a defining record for an entirely new category of music called “Fourth World.” Hassell described the approach as “a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques.” Though the idea was officially established in 1980 with Fourth World, Vol. 1, Hassell had been applying these alternative techniques for years. His debut Vernal Equinox was influenced primarily by raga music, particularly the work of vocalist Pandit Pran Nath, but also dives into other terrains including New Age with field recordings of oceans and singing birds, “In a Silent Way” sounding jazz, and even drone like moments combined with Indian classical interludes. It’s indefinable yet somehow cohesive and completely its own. Music that can only be indigenous to some imaginary region.

-DM

Recommended – Toucan Ocean, Vernal Equinox, Full listen

Tags: Ambient / Avant-Garde / Experimental / Fourth World
Tracklist:

A1 Toucan Ocean
A2 Viva Shona
A3 Hex
A4 Blues Nile
B1 Vernal Equinox
B2 Caracas Night September 11, 1975

Credits:

Producer, Composer, Trumpet, Pianos, Effects – Jon Hassell
Congas, Shaker, Talking Drum, Bells – Nana Vasconcelos
Synthesizer [Trumpet, Buchla Synthesizer Alteration], Tabla, Goblet Drum, Mbira, Rattle – David Rosenboom
Technician [Special Rhodes Tuning] – Larry Polansky
Claves, Bells – Miguel Frasconi
Kanjira, Rattle – Bill Winant
Synthesizer [Fender Rhodes Piano, Arp Synthesizer Alteration] – Andy Jerison
Talking Drum, Mbira – Nicholas Kilbourn
Synthesizer [Serge Synthesizer], Electronics [Motorola Scalatron] – Drone
Design [Jacket Design By] – Ariel Peeri
Engineer [Recording Engineer, Mixdown, Additional Recording] – Rich LePage
Engineer [Recording Engineer] – Andy Jerison, David Rosenboom, Michael Brook

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