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Jon Hassell

The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power Of Sound

Label: Intuition Records

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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The renowned and widely acclaimed music label Intuition, well known since the 1980s, is proud to announce the release of its most important and successful back-catalogue titles on vinyl under the name 'Intuition Master Series'. The American trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Hassell (March 22, 1937-June 26, 2021) was an international legend despite never having managed a popular breakthrough. Hassell was a musical visionary and pioneer, one who was inspired by ambient sounds and new music. He appreciated the music of avant-gardists such as Stockhausen, in whose Cologne school he also studied. He came into contact with Terry Riley and his minimalistic music early on and played on his first albums. Hassell was also a musically driven person, someone who had to get to the bottom of styles. Thus, he was intensively involved with Far Eastern, but especially Indian music.

Using the ingredients he learned, he created a completely new way of playing on and with the trumpet. He created language-like modulated air currents flowing through the instrument to produce seemingly alien, microtonal sounds. He combined this technique with ethnic polyrhythms, electronic alienation, soundscapes and jazz to create his own style, which he called 'Fourth World'. With this kind of music, he significantly influenced numerous emerging styles such as world music, nujazz or ambient. It is no mistake to say that without Hassell's ideas, these types of music would have taken a very different course. Hassell's influence on the music world cannot be overestimated, even if he himself was always unimpressed by the praise. 'It's the invisible things that buzz around us. You just have to bring them to light and make them visible.' In a tried and tested association with Brian Eno (as producer), his first completely live-recorded album was released at that time. The individual pieces, which were recorded in Paris, Vancouver, Hamburg and Brussels, reflect the special atmosphere that made every (rare) Jon Hassell concert something extraordinary. Intuition's 1987 The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things by the Power of Sound is undoubtedly one of his best works."

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Cat. number: INT 3004 1
Year: 2024
Notes:
From label Intuition Recordings: "The renowned and widely acclaimed music label INTUITION, well known since the 1980s, is proud to announce the release of its most important and successful back-catalogue titles on vinyl under the name "INTUITION Master Series". Albums by bands and artists such as Steps Ahead, Jon Hassell, Eddie Palmieri, Oregon, Stephan Micus, Don Cherry, Abdullah Ibrahim, Barbara Thompson, Marilyn Mazur, Joe Zawinul, Maceo Parker, Charlie Mariano, Dino Saluzzi, Joey Baron, Lounge Lizards have all been lavishly remastered and will now be re-released and presented as a high-quality package on vinyl (180-gram pressing). Special albums not previously released by INTUITION will also be given a home in the series, albums such as "Flamma Flamma" by Nicholas Lens or "Say Yes" by Iyeoka. The "INTUITION Master Series" starts with Jon Hassell's legendary album "The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things by the Power of Sound”." Recordings: July 1986/January 1987 (A1). May 1985 (A2, B1, B2). May 1986 (B3). Live Sony PCM F1 digital recordings assembled and processed June 1987 at the Wilderness Studio, Woodbridge, UK. Mixed June 1987 at the Wilderness Studio, Woodbridge. Title: An excerpt from the poem: From the Whole Megillah, A Crystal for [a1031845]. Art: The Swamp, 1983, Oil on linen

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