This show was 1st in the global world music chart, 3rd in the global chillout chart, 3rd in the global chill chart, 3rd in the global jazz chart and 5th in the global ambient chart.
Last year we lost Harold Budd. And now, just six months later, we lose another icon in Jon Hassell.
It's nearly impossible to overstate his importance in shaping an entirely new sound, what he would call Fourth World music. His music has influenced scores of musicians and listeners. I've included a lot of Hassell's music in mixes over the years. And, considering he just released a fine album last year, I expected to be featuring his music in mixes for many more years.
This mix is not an overview of his career. It's a collection of tracks that fit together well, starting with a track from the little known Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack, all the way to the final track, Last Night the Moon Came, which sounds like a good finishing cut.
I wish I could say something eloquent about Jon Hassell & his music, but I'm not that type of writer. I let the music speak for itself and, wow, did his music speak to me and many others. I will miss him.
Tracklist is in comments.