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Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street

Jon HassellAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B001O2MBBE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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American trumpet player and composer returns to ECM with a stand-out album. Jon will tour the US for the first time in more than 20 years in support of this release. Jon is known for his influence in contemporary music and his unusual electronic manipulation of the trumpet sound which has been lauded and imitated by many. He has collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno (who produced his first ECM record, the iconic Power Spot, Peter Gabriel (Scorsese Soundtrack Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ), he co-composed the electronic theme music for the television show The Practice, and still makes guest appearances on many albums (e.g. 2008 Ani DiFranco). The music and Jon s background will provide sizeable
opportunities to market the record to a wide audience encompassing lovers of electronic, jazz, and world music.


Almost all of the musicians I meet at the moment seem to regard Jon Hassell as one of the God-like geniuses of contemporary music. It s difficult to think what contemporary music would sound like without his influence --The Wire

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review written by Jeff Meirs, Buffalo News March 1, 2009
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Jon Hassell, "Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In the Street" (ECM). If Jon Hassell did indeed set out several decades back to create an idiosyncratic strain of music that would fit neatly into no single category, he has by now succeeded. In a career that found him studying in both Buffalo and Rochester, traveling to India to fully digest the glorious micro-tonal intricacies of that country's music, earning both respect and scorn in the jazz community, and becoming a first-call for the more esoteric and discerning class of rock musicians, (David Sylvian, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno), Hassell has played by no one's rules but his own. If that meant delving into ambient sounds, or treating his trumpet to a lavish buffet of effects devices, or attempting to phrase his solos like an Indian Kiranic singer, well, then so be it. With "Last Night the Moon Came dropping Its Clothes In the Street," Hassell and his band, Maarifa Street, delve into a protean, constantly morphing melange of sound. Far from formless and nowhere near "new age," the group weaves a dreamy tapestry of sound assimilating African, Indian and American forms, all presented with a serial composer's conception of time and space. Hassell in fact studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen and the late Stockhausen's tendency to create scenarios of "controlled randomness" in his pieces hangs above Hassell and company's efforts here. This is beautiful, evocative, often transcendent music, but most importantly, it's also substantive; though he's been accused of merely doodling in the dippy ooze of new age music, Hassell is in fact a radical who can be seen to have carried on the work started by Miles Davis with the albums "In a Silent Way" and "On the Corner," with much more of an emphasis on the European influences than the African- American ones. You get as much out of "Last Night the Moon Came" as you put into the listening experience. It is, as the saying goes, a real trip. (Jeff Miers)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Wonderful for Words February 13, 2009
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I've been listening to Jon Hassell since the mid eighties and I think I have almost every CD he's blessed us with. I'll buy any new Hassell CD w/o hesitation as I did in this case and this one is a gem... It's been a while since he produced anything of this richness. All the classic Hassell trademark ambiance is here: the introspective smoky twilight atmospherics and fourth world textures... So, Hassell fans, don't hesitate this one delivers the goods and for those not familiar with Jon's music... take the leap and be prepared for a real musical adventure. THANK YOU MR. HASSELL!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best yet. February 12, 2009
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Jon Hassell is one of a small handful of artists whose CDs I buy on the day they are released, without fail. Among the least strong of these CDs are those that have too little focus or nothing new to offer his fans. This new CD is perhaps the best ever and is certainly the best since 1986's Eno/Lanois-produced "Power Spot." As always, this whole record sounds like nothing else you've ever heard by anyone else and, in particular, the sound of Jon Hassell's trumpet is electronically processed, paradoxically, into sounding as natural and organic and soulful as one could hope for. He plays with remarkable restraint and there's not a touch of self-consciousness of the kind that often dogs experimental and "new" music. This is a terrific record by a master. I pray that he's a healthy 71-year-old because we need more from this astounding musician.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy, Contemplative head music March 19, 2009
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This not driving music. This is for listening when you need to reflect upon aspects of your life. It is similar to Jonn Serie's sounds, but a little less spacy. It vaguely reminds me of Miles Davis during his fusion era, i.e. Bitches Brew, though it isn't as jazzy. I never heard sounds like these coming from a trumpet. Listen to this if you are contemplating your life's decisions. Excellent piece of work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lush and moody ambient jazz. August 27, 2009
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Released last February, this ECM recording from the somewhat veiled yet influential trumpet player Jon Hassell is his first for the label in more than 20 years. In the meantime he released a number of albums for other labels, steadily giving more and more definition to the style of music he describes as "Fourth World". He coined this term as early as 1980 (hear Fourth World: Possible Musics with Brian Eno from that year) to refer to music which combines jazz improvisation, futuristic electronics, atmospheric ambience, and ethnic influences.

Fans of the Norwegian free improvisation troup Supersilent will immediately draw comparisons between Hassell's airy, floating trumpet tone and that of Arve Henriksen. Besides having both recorded for ECM, and sharing a delicateness of tone and penchant for thoughtful improvisation, the two are linked further by mutual involvement with Jan Bang, who controls the electronic samples on this album. However, the atmosphere of Last Night The Moon Came... is distinct from anything Arve Henriksen has had a hand in. The opening track "Aurora", a wash of electronic textures over a minimal bass ostinato, with almost no melody, sounds closer to releases on 12k Records or Hearts in Space than any I've heard on ECM or Rune Grammofon. It's a beautiful commencement to the album, and one that gives the listener no sense at all of how many musicians are involved. Besides Hassell and Bang, we have Rick Cox and Eivind Aarset on guitars, Peter Freeman on bass and a laptop, Jamie Muhoberac on keyboards and a laptop, Kheir Eddine M Kachiche on violin, and drummers Helge Andreas Norbakken and Pete Lockett.

Despite the size of the lineup and richness of instrumentation, the music throughout this album is almost always highly subdued and sparse in texture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
An absolutely sublime journey. Fantastic.
Published 18 days ago by Scott Sunn
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit more mellow than "Maarifa Street" and much less ...
A bit more mellow than "Maarifa Street" and much less over-produced, this is the only music that's really inspired me in the past few years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful !!
This is what I have been looking for! I had a taste of his music thanks to David Sylvian. Last Night is incredible!
Published 15 months ago by Christopher King
4.0 out of 5 stars a self anatomy of my listening
when the long playing recording was introduced into the home, what happened was the music listener had a collection of songs, usually by one artist, for the most part of different... Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by Case Quarter
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault it
Wish this man would revisit 1976.
It's good it's good the feel is there, can't fault JH and J.A. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Polite
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !
This album cannot be described. It can only be experienced. This music has the power to open your mind.
Published on October 12, 2010 by Milo
3.0 out of 5 stars Same sound same style
As I am a die-hard fan of Jon Hassell, no matter what he releases I would definitely get a copy of it, this one is no exception. Read more
Published on December 20, 2009 by ipjackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Something new; something familiar
There's a mastery of new jazz and of ambient ethos at work in this release. Easily one of the best records--jazz, pop, or otherwise, of 2009. Read more
Published on August 22, 2009 by Geoffrey B. Little
2.0 out of 5 stars Not all geniuses hit homers every time
I'm not sure whether Jon has gone feeble or what but his talents are ill served on this recording. Instead buy his recording with Eno or his Vernal Equinox, or Power Spot or .. Read more
Published on June 26, 2009 by David L. Winchester
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gift.
I stumbled upon this new release when searching the web for Hassell updates. I immediately downloaded it and can't possibly express how grateful I am to have yet another great... Read more
Published on June 3, 2009 by Paul C. Rondestvedt
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I wish the title realized the Moon is feminine
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Surprised Hassell did not go there
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