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  • Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Water Lily Acoustics
  • ASIN: B00000J829
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album has been a long time coming. Since Hassell's last accessible studio album with Bluescreen (Dressing For Pleasure 1994), Hassell has spent a considerable amount of time guesting on a lot of other people's albums, everyone from Ani di Franco, to Seal, Baaba Maal, Holly Cole, KD Lang and much more. These days as well, his name seems to crop up on more than the occasional film scores eg Trespass , The End Of Violence, Primary Colors. On top of this he won an Emmy for the theme music for The Practise awhile back. He is also playing a part in the new Wim Wenders film Million Dollar Hotel. Also a book based on Fourth World ideology / concepts has been finished but at time of writing this had not been published. For Hassell this is in ways a voyage of rediscovery, hearing the ghosts of the past which in turn would go on to make him what he is today, a modern day musical shaman. He is also making the connections between these musics and his own fourth world soundings. Hassell says that this album is about immersing oneself into the beauty that is sound. Let me say outright that this is Hassell's finest in a long time. This album is about textures, tones, emotion, warmth, more so than a lot of Hassell I have heard over the years. Even though he is in acoustic mode, the 'sound' is instinctively Jon Hassell; the way he breathes, the trumpet sounding like a conch shell. At times you think you might be listening to great early Chet Baker, or even an introspective Miles Davis. So much care and thought has gone into this that I am in awe every time I hear it. Ronu Majumdar weaves his flute around Hassell's trumpet, creating a sense of light around Hassell's own sound chemistry. These two combined are pure magic.Read more ›
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Music Lover on November 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The opening amazingly beautiful reading of "Nature Boy" is so stunning when Ronu Majumdar's flute begins it's circling run around Hassell's
solo trumpet. wow. we know we are in for something unique and amazing.
This is Hassell's first CD to include covers and as a fan, I welcome this as a trend. This CD is at once beautiful, odd, provocative, and
occasionally challenging. I suppose you could expect that with a meeting of Hassell, Cooder, Majumdar, and Terrasson.
Like most Water Lily cds, it's Recorded live to stereo master in that Santa Barbara seminary with all that fetishist tube gear as usual. Music like
this sums up the underlying vibe of Santa Barbara.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1999
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As a Jon Hassell fan, I either enjoy or devour his music. But this latest release is a real tour-de-force, an absolutely beautiful and stunning CD.
If you're familiar with Hassell's work, try to imagine an acoustic-edged version of his "Fourth World" musics...not quite 'Jon Hassell Unplugged', but more of a earthy and less-processed version of his earlier style.
If you haven't heard his work before, this CD reminds me a lot of "Bitches Brew" by Miles Davis...superb trumpet work with insidious rhythms in the background.
This is Hassell's first work in 20 years that features tunes by others...but with his interpretation, you might not even recognize some of them.
This is a beautiful CD, hat's off to Jon Hassell and Ry Cooder (producer/player of/on the CD)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric John on March 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I just heard this CD a few nights ago at a friends dinner party and it grabbed my attention right away...(in a subtle way, that is).
It is a strange sonic mix of electronics, primitivism and jazz. The mood is predominately VERY subtle and hypnotic; if I remember correctly, there is not a bar faster than andante on the entire CD. But trust me, this is a good thing.
And so is the fact that Ry Cooder produced it...
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Khonsu on April 5, 2001
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Even though this disc was released some time ago, I have just come to it. I recall reading a piece about it in a music industry magazine at one point. As it turned out that written piece was really more about the actual recording process and the Waterlily Acoustics label's approach to sound than anything else. Still, I was intrigued as to what it would sound like (as an "ambient recording" process captured in a church with all tube analog stuff).
I should mention that I know of Mssr. Jon Hassell's work from 'back in the day' --- as a soloist on the classic beautiful albums "Remain in Light" by Talking Heads and "Brilliant Trees" by David Sylvian. Sometime during the 1990's I was able to track down a couple of his solo records. I must say that he is unique in the world of music. Of course this is no newz to those who know, and I am most likely preaching to the choir already with this, nevertheless, Jon Hassell knows about transcendance and how "that" relates to what we tend to call -- Music.
Mssr. Hassell is actually well beyond The Trumpet. The fact that his chosen instrument happens to BE The Trumpet is both lucky for us, the listeners, and meaningless to everyone concerned, because in the end His Heart and His Mind are coming from a place of Tone, of Frequency, and of Vibration. These "things" are certainly not contingent upon blowing The Trumpet. You see? One could choose to play the zither or the udu or the mouth organ, no matter in the hands of one who knows to reach Beyond (where the Music dwells). And once one would reach that "place" and to then share THAT, well now we're talking. And we ARE talking about Jon Hassell here for the moment (and in fact most of the folks involved with this particular CD). Kind of.
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